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Why did we make an impact driver test?

impact driver test

On Friday 9th February we released our showdown of eight of the big players in the impact driver arena to help you identify the best impact driver for your needs. Roger Bisby put drivers from Bosch, Dewalt, Hitachi, Hilti, Makita, Metabo, Milwaukee and Panasonic through their paces. Explaining the thinking behind the latest test, Roger comments: “We set this test …

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SGN partners with SmartWater to prevent tool theft

prevent tool theft

UK gas distribution company, SGN has teamed up with SmartWater in an effort to combat the growing trend in tool and van theft. The utlity provider, that provides gas to 6 million homes, has applied SmartWater’s forensic traceable liquid to all their liveried vehicles, as well as the tools and equipment onboard. The forensic formula contains a unique identifying code, …

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BS 8612: a watershed for pitched roofing

pitched roofing

Redland – the company that invented dry-fixed roofing systems, with patents dating back to 1966 – has welcomed the introduction of BS 8612: Dry-fixed Ridge, Hip and Verge Systems for Slating and Tiling, published on January 31st. The new standard is a product specification which frames minimum performance requirements for dry-fix roofing components: establishing that they are both fit for …

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CHAS & NFB partner to promote health & safety standards

CHAS & NFB

The Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS) and The National Federation of Builders (NFB) have announced a new partnership to raise health and safety standards in the UK and make the world of work safer. The NFB represents small to medium-sized builders, regional contractors and house builders across England and Wales. As one of the UK’s longest standing trade bodies, …

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Carillion contracts worth 7.5 billion

Carillion contracts

As the economy continues to come to terms with the collapse of Carillion, the latest figures suggest that on the day of liquidation, the industry giant was the main contractor on 57 construction projects worth a total of £5.7 billion, including a £1.3 billion HS2 contract. This latest information comes from construction industry analysts Barbour ABI, who outlined that ten …

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Bricky and chippy shortage reaches record high

Small builders

Two-thirds of those running small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms are struggling to hire bricklayers and carpenters as construction skills shortages hit a ‘record high’, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).   Key results from the FMB’s latest State of Trade Survey, the quarterly assessment of the UK-wide SME construction sector, include: More than two-thirds (68%) of construction …

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Safety stand-down to cover whole of construction sector in 2018

stop make a change

Following a successful launch in 2017, the first UK-wide stand-down for the infrastructure sector has plans for growth in 2018 with plant safety and mental wellbeing two key priorities for the coming year. Last April more than 60,000 workers on more than 1000 sites took part in events to support Stop. Make a Change. The initiative saw sites, offices and production facilities …

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Banks must show leniency to Carillion’s SME supply chain, says FMB

Carillion's SME

Banks must show leniency to the thousands of SMEs in Carillion’s supply chain, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Commenting on UK Finance’s announcement that the major banks and the Government are working closely to limit the impact of Carillion’s liquidation on small and medium-sized builders (SME) firms, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “It’s absolutely …

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Carillion collapse must be a catalyst for change, says BIFM

Carillion contracts

Following the news that Carillion has gone into liquidation the British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has issued a statement stressing the need to learn from the event and to use it as a catalyst for change. In its statement Carillion said: The news that Carillion has ceased trading is both sad and shocking. The clear priority is to ensure …

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Worker killed falling through skylight

Lanscaping company fined

A company has been fined after an employee died following a fall through a skylight. Leicester Crown Court heard how the deceased was working with another employee on the roof, re-siting a heater and new chimney flue, when the incident occurred. He suffered severe injuries and died from these injuries approximately 6 months later. An investigation by the Health and …

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