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Roofing company fined after safety failings

roof fall death

A roofing company has been sentenced for safety failings related to working at height. Brighton Magistrates Court heard how numerous concerns were raised by members of the public about work being carried out by G & S Roofing Limited.  The company twice ignored written advice to address the issue of working at height in an unsafe manner. In August 2016, …

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Win an Aviva half mask from Scott Safety

Win an Aviva half mask

Skill Builder has teamed up with Scott Safety to give away five of the company’s brand new Aviva half masks as tested by Skill Builder in this video. The new AVIVA 40 single filter half mask includes innovative design elements such as a hybrid reflex face seal, an easy-to-use leak check mechanism and goggle ‘pinch’. AVIVA 40 is suitable for a variety of applications including paint …

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Company and contractor fined after building collapses onto Kent High Street

roof fall death

The owner of a building in Kent and the contractor employed to demolish it have been fined for safety failings after an uncontrolled collapse onto the High Street. Canterbury Crown Court heard that the building at the High Street, Ramsgate, Kent was owned by Panther AL (VAT) Limited. Martin Elmes was contracted to undertake the demolition work. An investigation by …

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Mears responds to Unite’s beard ban criticism

mears beard ban

In response to criticism from Unite the Union about a letter sent to some operatives regarding the use of dust masks and beards. Mark Elkington, Group Health and Safety Director of Mears Group has said, “We are pretty surprised that Unite, who claim to have the safety of workers at heart have taken this disappointing stance. “Every employer in the UK …

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Row breaks out over beard ban

beard ban

Unite, the UK construction union has condemned a decree by outsourced housing maintenance company Mears, which bans workers from having beards as ‘penny pinching stupidity’. Members of Unite employed on social housing maintenance work in the culturally diverse borough of Tower Hamlets, were said to be told at a ‘tool box talk’ that beards were now banned. Unite has subsequently …

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Construction company fined after member of public walked onto site and drowned

roof fall death

A Glasgow based construction company has been fined after the death of an 83-year old man in Kirkcaldy. Kirkcaldy Sherriff Court heard that in early January 2015 an elderly gentlemen who suffered from a number of age-related illnesses, walked onto the construction site which was closed for the holidays. While on the site operated by Sandford Park Ltd he fell …

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Rudridge employees set to cycle in memory of colleague

Rudridge employees

Two Rudridge employees are gearing up for the challenge of a lifetime to raise cash in memory of a much-missed colleague. Paul Duke and Peter Burrell, from the civil and engineering groundwork specialists, will cycle from Paris to Geneva this September to raise money for the Stroke Association. Their route, which covers over 320 miles, will include hairpin bends and …

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Web based tool allows builders to easily share portfolios of their work

builders portfolios

A new web based tool designed to transform the way that building professionals market and sell products and services, has  been launched worldwide – and is said to be so affordable that even the smallest company or contractor can benefit. BuildFolio offers builders the chance to promote business or practice for just £2.99 a month and promises no contracts, no …

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Home sellers missing out because of dated features

Home sellers missing out

A new report from Satsuma titled ‘Room for Improvement’ has revealed how much potential home-buyers are reducing their offers by, due to specific features, such as dated kitchens and overrun gardens. Gloucester and Belfast have been found to have the most features which would put a potential viewer off from renting/buying – sellers in both cities are potentially losing over …

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Social media success for Roughneck products

Social media success

Olympia Tools, the company behind the Roughneck brand of hand tools and workwear, says it has seen a surge in demand for its products thanks to social media. Two of the distributor’s products featured in posts that subsequently went viral, attracting interest from a global audience. The first product to prove a social media success was the Roughneck Tri Vice; …

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