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Scaffolding firm fined for serious fall

Construction deaths rise

Hemel Hempstead Scaffolding Limited has been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries when he fell from the roof of a barn. Stewart Thomas from Hemel Hempstead, 31 at the time of the incident, was carrying out scaffolding work in preparation for the installation of solar panels on a barn roof at Gaddesden Home Farm, Bridens Camp on Red …

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Checkatrade and Trustatrader commit to improve practices

Checkatrade and Trustatrader

After engaging constructively with the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), Checkatrade and Trustatrader have agreed to improve their practices. These improvements address concerns that were raised following a call for information by the CMA on online reviews and endorsements. The CMA’s call for information highlighted a number of general concerns about the review sector, including the potential for some review …

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Window firm fined after member of public pictures dangerous work

Construction deaths rise

A company which manufactured and installed windows has been fined £36,000 after carrying out work in the West End of London with no measures to prevent the workers falling eight metres and after dropping part of a window onto the public area below. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard Ideal Glazing (Euro) carried out window installation work at Aldford House, Park Street, …

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Ecobuild to run Construction Job Show

In response to an industry-wide skills shortage, Ecobuild, the UK show dedicated to construction and energy, has launched a partnership with The Job Show, the nationwide recruitment and careers event, to create a construction-focused job show which will run alongside Ecobuild on the last day of the show, 10th March at ExCeL London. The Construction Job Show has been designed …

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Worker falls through roof light

Construction deaths rise

A scaffolding company based in Dorset has been fined for safety failings following an incident where an employee fell through a roof light. Weymouth Magistrates’ Court heard how Weller Scaffolding Limited of Dorset had been contracted to erect access scaffold and perimeter handrails around the roof of a small industrial unit at East Road, Bridport. An employee of Weller Scaffolding …

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Construction company guilty of bricklayer’s death

Construction deaths rise

A Cheshire construction company has been prosecuted following a fatal accident in 2011 at a site in Wimslow. Liverpool Crown Court heard that Edgemere Projects Ltd of Tarporley, Cheshire, was the main contractor at a construction site in Wilmslow when on 7 January 2011, Andrew Dytiche aged 23, sustained fatal crush injuries when a pack of bricks fell on him. …

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Asbestos awareness course

National risk management expert Lucion Services is offering a free online training course aimed at helping busy construction industry workers refresh their knowledge of the hazards and risks posed by asbestos containing materials (ACMs). The online course takes just 45-60 minutes to complete and provides a quick and efficient refresher for those who need to be compliant with regulation 10 …

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“Don’t underestimate role of PVC-U in flood resilience”

“The extreme winter weather, having ruined Christmas for tens of thousands and likely to cost the country up to £1.5bn, serves to remind those concerned with building design, construction and management of the important role PVC-U building products can play in adding flood resistant and resilience to homes actually and potentially threatened with disaster”, says Chris Coxon, Head of Marketing …

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