Health & Safety

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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Cordless Dust Extraction with DeWalt DCV586M

Many of you made the point that mains powered dust extraction for cordless tools completely defeats the object of having such a tool in the first place. Now DeWALT have the answer to the problem with their DCV586M 54V XR FLEXVOLT M-CLASS EXTRACTOR with Wireless Tool Control allows the user to operate the extractor from a wireless remote. Powered by …

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Is Off-site Construction the Future?

Is Off-site Construction the Future of Construction

What is off-site construction? Off-site construction is the completion of elements or components for a structure at another location in a factory environment. Sometimes these components are assembled before being delivered to site. The off-site construction factories can either be permanent factories or ‘flying’ factories. ‘Flying’ factories are temporary facilities set up for a specific project and then moved once …

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The Modern Slavery Act – What You Need to Know

Modern Day Slavery handcuffs

You’ve probably heard of the Modern Slavery Act but you might be unsure about whether or not it affects your organisation. If you are part of any kind of supply chain the likelihood is it does and acting now can protect your business and ensure you don’t lose contracts in the future. This article from CHAS (The Contractors Health and …

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Peugeot on a Mission to End Reversing Accidents with Surround Rear Vision Technology

Peugeot Reverse Rear Surround Challenge

 Team Skill Builder represent the trades and go head-to-head and reverse around a challenging obstacle course using the Peugeot Partner van with Surround Rear Vision With nearly one-in-10 van accidents occurring when reversing or parking, Peugeot has invited six of the UK’s tradesmen to go head-to-head in a unique challenge to test new safety-boosting technology on the all-new PEUGEOT Partner …

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Property developer sentenced after roof and wall collapse

wall collapse

A Manchester-based property developer has been sentenced after the roof and part of the rear wall collapsed at one of his properties during demolition works. Manchester Crown Court heard how Riaz Ahmad appointed a group of workers, who had no experience in construction, to carry out demolition work at a property in Oldham. On 11 August 2017, after receiving a …

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Contractor, client and director convicted after dangerous building site conditions

wall collapse

A contractor, client and director have been convicted after conditions at a building site were found to be dangerous. Southwark Crown Court heard that inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) visited the construction site on Gladesmore Road, London on numerous occasions in 2015 while building work was taking place at the property. Inspectors found poor health and safety conditions …

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Construction boss jailed after death of two brothers

Construction boss jailed

Simon Thomerson has been sentenced to 8 months in custody after pleading guilty to a health and safety breach that resulted in the death of two brothers. Luton Crown Court heard how Mr Thomerson, the sole owner and director of Clearview Design and Construction Ltd, had been contracted by the owners of an industrial park in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire to refurbish …

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Knocking down a wall: 5 tips to minimise dust

Knocking down a wall

Few people are prepared for the amount of dust that knocking down an internal wall creates but  thankfully there are some easy steps that can be taken to reduce the spread of dust. In this video Skill Builder Editor, Georgina Bisby, shares some top tips for minimising the spread of building dust when knocking down a wall. Products used: Max …

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Balfour Beatty fined half a million pounds for HAVs exposure

HAVs exposure

Contractor Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions has been sentenced after exposing workers to a debilitating health condition over a nine-year period. Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd was fined £500,000 after the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that workers at the company were exposed to hand-arm vibration between 2002 and 2011 which put them at risk of developing Hand-Arm Vibration Syndrome …

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