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National crane company fined £750,000 for two deaths after collapse

Construction deaths rise

Falcon Crane Hire, a national crane hire company has been sentenced for failings that led to the death of two men as a crane collapsed in London. Southwark Crown Court heard crane operator Jonathan Cloke, 37, died after falling from the crane as it collapsed. It fell onto Michael Alexa, 23, a member of the public, and also killed him. …

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Barnstaple gas engineer prosecuted following unsafe asbestos removal at a tenants’ home

Construction deaths rise

A gas engineer removed potentially dangerous asbestos material during a gas boiler replacement putting himself and others at risk from exposure to asbestos fibres. Brian Hockin, aged 58, was removing an old warm air heating system at a residential property on Williams Close, Wrafton when he disturbed a quantity of asbestos insulation board that surrounded the warm air boiler. The …

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Checkatrade gears up for National Apprenticeship Week 2016

Businesses nationwide are gearing up to National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 14 to 18 March 2016. Recognising the need to attract young people into the industry, trade vetting service Checkatrade encourages young aspiring tradespeople to consider an apprenticeship with their members. With over 95% of Checkatrade’s members anticipating a greater workload in 2016 and 61% of members expecting to …

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Man fined for potentially exposing members of the public to asbestos

Construction deaths rise

A man from County Durham has been fined for potentially exposing members of the public to asbestos fibres during the refurbishment of a residential property on South Parade, Croft on Tees, County Durham. Darlington Magistrates’ Court heard how Peter Wade of Staindrop, was converting an integrated garage into a bedroom at the property. While he was visiting the property for …

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58% of contractors turned away work in 2015

In its third Annual Healthcheck of the UK’s contractors and tradespeople, ECIS, the employee benefits company for the construction industry has found confidence at its highest level since the survey began three years ago with 48% of respondents saying they feel confident about the year ahead.  But behind this upbeat outlook is a workforce under immense strain with close to …

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Contractor fined for health and safety failings on roof work

Construction deaths rise

A Bedford based contractor has been fined for failing to comply with a Prohibition Notice, which was served after the contractor was witnessed carrying out roof work in an unsafe manner at Premier Motor Company, Manton Lane, Bedford. Luton Magistrates’ Court heard how tradesman Bernard Buck continued the reroofing work at Premier Motor Company’s Manton Lane site with subcontractors, without …

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New Toyota Hilux debuts at Geneva motor show

New Toyota Hilux

Toyota has introduced its new Hilux at this year’s Geneva Motor show. Available in Single, Extra and Double Cab body styles, the eighth generation Hilux offers a new and stronger ladder chassis, reinforced deck structure, enhanced 4×4 capabilities and  an improved towing capacity. New 2.4-litre D-4D engine The introduction of a 2.4-litre D-4D Global Diesel (GD) engine featuring Stop/Start combines …

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Firm fined after carpenter’s fall

Construction deaths rise

A Dorset based joinery company has been fined after a sub-contractor fell through a window opening to the floor below. Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court heard how a self-employed carpenter of R A Winwood Limited was working on an extension to a domestic property in Upton Way, Broadstone, Poole. Part of the work included fixing plywood to the roof joists. A piece …

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Exeter plumber prosecuted for leaving gas works in dangerous state

Construction deaths rise

An Exeter plumber left a gas meter and gas pipe in a dangerous state in a customer’s home after he had undertaken unregistered gas work. Colin Jones, aged 59, moved a gas meter at the property in The Mede in Exeter and then connected a new gas boiler to it. Shortly after this work the homeowners smelt gas and called …

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Kensington and Chelsea bans weekend construction work

Noisy construction work will not be allowed on the weekend in Kensington and Chelsea after the Council’s Cabinet agreed a new Code of Construction Practice on Thursday 11th February. Residents have long complained about noise from construction work and what they believed to be its unrelenting nature. In response the Council produced a draft Code of Construction Practice which was …

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