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Excavation company fined after worker set on fire

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A company undertaking excavation work has been fined for safety breaches, when a worker was burned after striking underground electrical cables. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that in February 2016 an employee was excavating the ground at a site on Spare Lease Hill in Loughton, Essex. He struck an electrical cable and was set on fire. He received significant burns to his …

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Skill Builder launches Ask Skill Builder

Ask Skill Builder

Skill Builder, the video and web resource for building professionals and enthusiasts, has launched a brand new video series giving viewers the opportunity to get their building and DIY questions answered. The series, which is being aired on the Skill Builder YouTube channel, is hosted by Roger Bisby and Georgina Bisby. Roger Bisby is known for his expertise in the …

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Company fined after exposing electricians to asbestos

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A Paisley based utility services company has been fined for exposing four of its employees to asbestos during work at Anderson Tower in Motherwell in 2014. Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that four electricians employed by IQA Operations Group Ltd had been drilling through door transom panels to fit electric cables into each property within the tower block as part of …

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Bricklayers and electricians at greater risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis

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New research indicates that certain occupations may put workers at an elevated risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The findings, which appeard in Arthritis Care & Research, suggest that work-related factors, such as noxious airborne agents, may contribute to the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.  Environmental factors are thought to play a role in the development of rheumatoid arthritis by triggering autoimmune …

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Plumbers hit hard by tool thefts – 27% of Plumbers targeted in 2017

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Plumbers incomes are said to have been seriously damaged this year by tool thefts from vans and job sites, with 27% reporting the loss of tools which damaged their ability to earn a living. The research carried out by warm.co.uk suggests that thefts are on the rise, and Plumbers are fully aware of the damage to their livelihoods of the …

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Construction still one of the most dangerous industries

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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