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Construction still one of the most dangerous industries

construction dangerous

The latest annual injury and ill health statistics from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that the construction sector continues to suffer significantly higher injury rates than other industries with slips, trips & falls remaining the biggest cause of injuries. The latest HSE stats show 1.3 million workers were suffering from work related ill-health – a decrease on 2015/16 …

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Introducing the Hilti DX 5 Powder-actuated Tool & Hilti Connect App

Hilti DX 5

Roger Bisby gets an introduction to the Hilti DX 5 Powder-actuated Tool which features Hilti Connect App. Direct fastening tools are among the quickest, easiest and safest for making serial fixing applications but it can be difficult to know when your tool is ready to be serviced. Or when it should be cleaned. And if it needs to go in for a repair, where should you …

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Builder fined after father and son seriously injured in fall from height

A builder has been sentenced after three workers, including a father and son, fell almost five metres when a work platform became disconnected from a telehandler. Hull Magistrates’ Court heard that on 1 December 2015, Mr Jeremy Waudby was hired to construct a new chicken shed at Argham Fields Farm, Burton Fleming Driffield. He subcontracted a cladding company (A L …

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Simple precautions could have prevented roofer’s fall

A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries after a fall from height which could have been prevented with simple precautions, such as a robust cover or scaffolding. Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 22 October 2015, a sub-contractor working for King Builders (Gloucester) Ltd, suffered fractured vertebrae, chest and head injuries after falling through an …

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Insurance Associaton calls for overhaul of Building Regulations including a ban on combustible cladding

ban on combustible cladding

The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has called for a change to the confusing and outdated fire safety regulations and a clearer framework of responsibility for all those in the protection of buildings from fire. Responding to Independent Review on Building Regulations and Fire Safety, led by Dame Judith Hackitt, the ABI says action is required by the government to …

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DeWalt Mega Kit giveaway & Faithfull Screwdriver Set review

Faithfull Screwdriver Set review

Skill Builder has once again teamed up with Real Deals for You to take a look at a selection of products from their Christmas campaign and bring you news of a major competition; Real Deals for You is giving away 12 DeWalt Mega Kits worth £1899 each.  In the first installment of this series Roger Bisby provides details of how …

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Construction workers spend 130 hours a year drinking tea

drinking tea

A survey of UK workers in the construction industry carried out by household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk, has revealed that builders spend on average 130 hours annually taking tea breaks. This is 20.34 hours more than the average British worker who spends 109.66 hours annually making tea. The research, which looked in to the building workplace eating and drinking habits, found …

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Anti-dozing collars and heat-stress detectors trialled by Amey workers

Anti-dozing collars

Wearable technology which could reduce risks to drivers and lone workers has been trialled by highways engineers working for service provider Amey. Biometric and location devices which detect when the body is under stress and help workers raise instant alarms at the touch of a button were piloted on a technology maintenance contract, where working in higher risk environments is …

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Hard hat or bump cap?

Hard hat or bump cap

What’s the difference between hard hats and bump caps and how do you know when to wear each one? Test your knowledge in our Skill Builder quiz in association with Scott Safety.   

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Construction workers think Brexit will hit government infrastructure projects and ‘intensify skills crisis’, research shows

Construction workers

More than 80 per cent of construction workers believe Brexit will damage the UK’s industry and prevent high-profile government infrastructure projects from being delivered, a new study suggests. Researchers at Birmingham City University have been examining the views of people working in the sector to see how they believe jobs, projects and industry will be impacted by Britain’s withdrawal from …

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