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Lack of land and lending holding SME builders back

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A lack of available small sites and a lack of finance top the list of barriers to SME house builders increasing their delivery of new homes, according to new research by the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB). Key results from the FMB’s House Builders’ Survey 2017, the only annual snapshot of SME house builders, include: Over half of small house …

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Construction industry rolls out Mates in Mind initiative

Mates in Mind

The UK construction sector’s efforts to improve the health and mental wellbeing of its workforce have been stepped up with the full roll out of the Mates in Mind initiative. Mates in Mind has led in the creation of a flexible and joined up approach that is tailored to the needs of individual construction companies as they seek to tackle …

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Small builders key to solving London’s housing crisis, says FMB

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The London Housing Strategy’s focus on bringing forward more small sites will help solve the housing crisis by opening up the market to SME house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) London. Commenting on the draft London Housing Strategy, published on Wednesday, Barry Mortimer, Director of FMB London, said: “If we’re to build the number of new …

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Electrician killed in stepladder fall

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A Hull based bakery has been fined following the death of a self-employed electrical contractor who died following a fall from height. Hull Crown Court heard how the worker was contracted to complete electrical work at Greencore Grocery Ltd site in Hull. In October 2013, the worker was wiring a motor situated above a machine whilst standing on a stepladder. …

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Construction company fined after fall leaves joiner paralysed

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A construction company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a sub-contracted joiner suffered life-changing injuries. Lincoln Magistrates’ Court heard that construction company Mager Homes Ltd. had been contracted to complete a house build in Tetney, Grimsby. In December 2016, the worker was on the first floor level installing joists and flooring. Whilst laying a floorboard, he stepped back and …

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Free estimating app for builders from Selco

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Producing quotes is the bane of many tradespeoples lives seeing them working late into the evening pricing up jobs that they know they may never even get. So if someone came up with a free app that allowed you to price and manage all your jobs on the go from your mobile phone you would probably think it was too …

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Abacus Infinity Single Fall Shower Tray installation: Is this the best wet room tray?

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In this video Roger Bisby demonstrates how to install an Abacus Infinity Single Fall Shower Tray which is designed to make wetrooms sleeker and cleaner and eliminates the need for fiddly floor tile cuts and grout lines which trap dirt. With wet rooms continuing to grow in popularity customers are increasingly looking for solutions that are sleek in design and …

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Safeguard publishes guide to Basement Waterproofing

Basement Waterproofing

Although basements are a significant area of business opportunity for the construction industry, it is a complex and potentially fraught sector and – in the main – an area for the specialist. Yet Safeguard Europe – the UK specialist in damp-proofing and waterproofing technology – is helping to demystify and simplify understanding of this underground world with the publication of …

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Untrained scaffold worker left in a coma

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A construction company has been fined after a worker suffered life changing injuries after falling from scaffolding. Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of R J Scaffolding (Bristol) Limited was in an induced coma for two weeks after falling more than six metres from the scaffolding. The worker suffered several serious injuries including losing the sight in his right …

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Wickes offering free sunscreen to tradespeople

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Melanoma skin cancer incidence rates have increased by an alarming 119% in the UK since the early 1990s and according to a recent study, construction has been identified as the industry sector in the UK whose workers are most at risk. Now, new research by Wickes has revealed some startling statistics and unsettling attitudes to sunburn and skin cancer amongst …

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