Self-employed builder electrocuted at sunbed salon

Construction boss jailed

A real estate lettings company has been sentenced for safety breaches after a self- employed builder suffered 1st and 3rd degree burns to his face, hands, neck and chest. The injured worker, 50 year old Michael Phillips, suffered an electric shock in October 2015 when he was carrying out work for IPH Investments Ltd at an address in Station Parade …

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Construction company fined after worker’s roof fall

Construction boss jailed

A Derbyshire based engineering construction company has been prosecuted after a worker fell and suffered severe injuries. A worker was repairing a fibreboard roof of a barn and using two homemade crawling boards when he fell 6meters on to the floor below, sustaining serious injuries to his head, hip, and lungs. Derby Magistrates Court heard how at the time of …

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‘Retro boiler label’ a great way to start the energy efficiency conversation

Retro boiler label

The Heating and Hotwater Industry Council, HHIC together with the boiler manufacturers has this month launched the ‘Retro Boiler’ Label. The scheme aims to tackle the UK’s 9 million inefficient boilers by raising awareness of boiler efficiency with consumers. Registered gas engineers are now issuing an energy efficiency label, a ‘Retro Boiler’ label, on all non-condensing boilers with a permanent …

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‘Ridiculous’ autumn statement has gaping £14 billion smart meter black hole, says GMB

smart meter black hole

This morning’s autumn statement has at least one glaring omission according to GMB, the energy union – £14billion needed for the Government’s flagship smart meter project. In his ‘mini-budget’ Chancellor Philip Hammond promised huge investment in infrastructure – but made no mention of the vast sums required to install the 53 million new meters across the country. The project will …

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Handheld insulation testing at up to 2.5kV

MIT2500 insulation tester

In response to demand for a dependable and versatile handheld insulation tester capable of operating at up to 2.5 kV, portable test equipment specialist, Megger, has introduced the new MIT2500 instrument, which offers accurate measurements up to 200 GΩ. The MIT2500 insulation tester has feedback-stabilised test voltages to ensure that tests are always carried out to Megger’s tight specification. The …

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Baxi welcomes launch of HHIC retrofit labelling scheme

retrospective boiler labelling scheme

Baxi has welcomed the HHIC’s decision to launch a retrospective boiler labelling scheme. The scheme aims to increase consumer awareness about boiler efficiencies and performance, and to highlight to consumers that upgrading old, inefficient boilers will reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Jeff House, regulatory marketing manager at Baxi, commented: “There are approximately nine million inefficient boilers in the UK, …

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Worker dies falling from 30 foot pylon

Construction boss jailed

An international engineering company has been sentenced following the death of a worker who fell 30 feet from an electricity pylon. Vincent John Richards, 49, from Walsall was installing fall arrest lines for painters to use on the pylon at Great Orton, Carlisle on the 5 July 2014 when the incident happened. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the …

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JCB trousers review

JCB trousers review

Roger Bisby wears JCB’s latest trousers. JCB has introduced two stand out work trousers to its range. The Camo trousers are a popular look for builders, especially those who enjoy country sports, but these are dedicated work trousers. They have knee pad pockets and a zipped thigh pocket but no external pouches so they wouldn’t look out of place in …

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HOW TO Fit an Abacus wall hung WC & Basin (Part 2: Fitting the basin)

abacus installation

In the second part of this video Roger Bisby continues his explanation of how to fit a wall hung WC and basin from British company Abacus Bathrooms. As a British company Abacus has a good understanding of British plumbing and the WC and Basin in this video have been designed to work with British systems so you’re not running around …

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Failure to protect worker from HAVs results in £250,000 fine

Thanet District Council fined £250,000

Thanet District Council has been fined £250,000 after a worker was left with permanent injury after being diagnosed with hard arm vibration (HAV). Canterbury Crown Court heard how a worker from Thanet District Council was diagnosed with suffering from HAV after visiting his GP. Symptoms of the condition can include tingling, pins and needles, numbness and pain in the hands. …

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Can your hands cope in the cold?

gloves for cold weather

So what’s it like to work in the cold with freezing hands? Well, as you may know, it’s not pleasant. Everything you do is that bit harder and it can be extremely dangerous. With cold hands and fingers, you are more likely to fumble with numb fingers, which is not only dangerous to yourself but also to others. Gloves for cold weather The TraffiGlove range …

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Fein releases latest review: Cordless SuperCut AFSC 18 QSL

feeling FEIN video

Powertool manufacturer Fein has released its latest “Feeling FEIN’ video tool review. The ‘Feeling FEIN’ reviews focus on getting FEIN’s products into the hands of professional tradesmen. Each tradesman has been using a specific FEIN power tool and has given their honest feedback on camera. In this review Si Flory, a carpenter and owner of Flory Works, has been testing …

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Smart heating: What’s it all about?

Smart heating

With smart technology becoming a part of daily life, it’s unsurprising that homeowners are looking for the same level of functionality when it comes to heating. However, while smart home technology is a hot topic, there is still ambiguity about what smart and connected actually mean when it comes to heating systems. Jon Phillips, head of product management at Baxi, …

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Some boots aren’t made for working: Outdoor workers complain of wet feet, blisters & chillblains

cold, wet feet

Ahead of this winter’s ‘BIG FREEZE’ prediction, DR. Martens has revealed that the majority of outdoor workers suffer with cold, wet feet every winter, with many complaining of blisters and even chilblains. The survey, conducted on behalf of the iconic footwear specialist interviewed the UK’s outdoor workers in order to identify the core issues faced during the winter months. Key …

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World COPD Day a reminder of the importance of protection against dust

World COPD Day

November 16th is World COPD Day, an event held each November to raise awareness of COPD worldwide. Sadly tradespeople are seriously affected by this disease with exposure to construction dust still a significant cause of COPD.  See Skill Builder’s video about the JSP Force 8 half mask for some useful tips on how to protect yourself against dust. World COPD …

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Three fined after man loses life in fragile roof fall

Construction boss jailed

A company, its director, and a self-employed contractor have been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), after Terry Lewis (a 65 year old retired mechanic) was fatally injured by falling through a roof light. Warrington Crown Court heard how on 11 June 2013, Terry Lewis was working with his friend, Leigh Bakewell. They were cleaning roof lights on …

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Volkswagen launches limited edition black caddy range

Black Caddy range

Volkswagen is launching a new Caddy Black Edition at the end of November with just 500 on offer in the UK. Although this is the first Black Edition to join the fourth-generation Caddy range, previous models are said to have have proved popular. Exterior highlights include Deep Black pearl effect paint, black roof rails, body-coloured bumpers, door mirrors and handles, …

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What are your favourite loft conversion tools?

loft conversion tools

In this video Roger Bisby shares the five tools he wouldn’t be without when carrying out a loft conversion. From the Hultafors Talmeter tape measure featuring an extension that allows you to make an accurate measurement between two fixed points, to the Stanley Bostitch framing air nailer that’s easily portable and cheap to run, Roger talks through five of his …

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