Guest blog

How Improvements in Clothing Technology Help Protect Us From Enduring Harsh Weather Conditions

Two male athlete running on winter alley in Park

When the most recent polar vortex hit the United States, you may have noticed that many people—but not all—stopped working. There were a significant number of workers braving the brutal cold, working in -50F to keep public roads clear and de-ice airport runways. It seems incredible that someone could work efficiently in such extreme weather conditions, let alone survive. Yet, …

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What is The Future of Software in The Construction Industry?

Businessman Using Tablet at Construction Site

Shaking and remodelling the whole industry, through the development of digital technology, constructors can order brick and mortar to finding skilled labour all through mobile technology whilst on the go, a huge game-changer. But what about the rise and development of software? Changing and developing as time progresses. Through the rise of robotic equipment and BIM modelling, how the construction …

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Theft Awareness for Trades

Theft awareness for tradesmen

Crime in the UK is on the rise, particularly when it comes to theft. Work vans are often a target for thieves, containing high-value items that can be easily accessed if not properly secured. Certain areas in the UK have become more notorious for theft, with London, Sheffield, and Birmingham securing the top spots. Over 70 per cent of workers …

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The Van Insurer Highlights the Dangers of Disposable BBQs

Friends enjoying bbq party

With the summer in full swing, insurance price comparison site The Van Insurer is reminding van drivers about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. Using portable or disposable barbecues in confined spaces like the back of vans or camper vans is potentially fatal according to experts. Research by the Gas Safe Register reveals that four out of five people in the UK are …

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How Do Bluetooth Speakers Work?

How do Bluetooth speakers work?

You ever experience a small change and didn’t know its impact until it was right in front of your face? It happens to all of us. It can be something as small as driving another way home because you wanted to break out of your routine. Or, it could be reading a quote leading you to ponder on it, and …

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Testing Cheap Tools – Are Poundland Tools a Bargain?

Poundland tools

Ahead of the biggest DIY weekend of the year – the great Easter break – Skill Builder Editor, Georgina Bisby has been trying out some Poundland tools to see what you can get for your money. Georgina tries out a spirit level, hammer, screwdriver set, junior hacksaw and some tape measures to see which ones are a steal and which …

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Protect our children and teachers from asbestos exposure at school

asbestos

Lucie Stephens, the daughter of a teacher who died of cancer linked to asbestos exposure, is campaigning for schools to be obliged to warn staff and pupils of its presence. Please sign and share the campaign as we think it’s one that deserves our support.  Here’s Lucie’s story: “Parents have been kept in the dark about asbestos risks for too …

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Choosing a house builder

Choosing a house builder

Ryan Abell of building services company, Abbell Building Services, describes how working in a range of building trades has helped him to instantly recognise a house builder that is great to work with.  In this article, he explains what makes a house builder stand out. Skills Perhaps the most important attribute of an excellent builder is their level of skill.  …

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What’s Dry Build all about and should you consider it?

Dry Build

Darren Hook, CEO of English Heritage Buildings, discusses the benefits of this often overlooked construction method. The construction industry is constantly looking for faster, innovative and more economical methods to reduce costs, construction time and waste, whilst also considering the impact on the environment. Larger businesses are quick to change, but often smaller companies get left behind because of cost …

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“Dust extraction has to be top priority for the trade”

Dust extraction

Jay Hounsell, a Herts-based carpenter and business owner, explains why he believes dust extraction should be the number one priority for everyone in the trade.    He says: “I’ve been working in the carpentry industry for 20-odd years. My new company – The Hertfordshire Kitchen Company – has been going for two years and is successfully placing itself in the …

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