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Confined spaces seminar highlights how training can combat risks

Confined spaces seminar

News of South West Water being fined £1.8 million after a worker drowned in a filtration tank further emphasises the need for training where people work in confined spaces, warns specialist training provider Develop Training Limited (DTL). Working in confined spaces is common in many industries, posing a real issue for personnel responsible for health and safety in the workplace. …

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Baxi installer to climb Kilimanjaro for Leukemia care

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Baxi is sponsoring Bradley Rogers, Baxi installer and member of the Baxi Works loyalty scheme, who will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Leukaemia care UK this June. Bradley of B. Rogers Plumbing & Heating Limited in Heybridge, Essex explained: “I am climbing Kilimanjaro in the name of my close friend Lee Blowers, who sadly passed away on …

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The search is on for the Redland Apprentice of the Year

Redland – the UK manufacturer and supplier of pitched roof systems – is launching a competition to find the 2017 Redland Apprentice of the Year. The newly launched competition is open to all roofing apprentices who are currently enrolled with one of Redland’s participating colleges or training groups within the company’s Young Redland Roofer student support programme. Entrants will be …

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Contractor fined after worker fatally crushed

Construction boss jailed

CMF Ltd has been fined after 31-year-old sub-contractor Richard Laco died when working on large construction project in London. Southwark Crown Court heard that Richard had been contracted by CMF to work on the Frances Crick Institute project. He was fatally crushed on 6 November 2013 by a concrete staircase that was in the process of being installed. An investigation …

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Roofing contractors sentenced over unsafe roof work

MKM Fabrications Ltd

Two roofing contractors have been sentenced after putting their workers at risk of harm during roof replacement works in Oldham. MKM Fabrications Ltd had been employed as the principal contractor to carry out a roof replacement on one of the buildings at Valley Mills, Millgate, Delph, Oldham which is currently used for textile production. The company subcontracted part of the …

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Builders Bullish Despite Rising Costs

Small construction firms enjoyed rising workloads in the first quarter of 2017, despite growing concerns over the cost of labour and materials, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Key results from the FMB’s State of Trade Survey for Q1 2017, which is the largest quarterly assessment of the UK-wide SME construction sector, include: •    UK construction SME workloads …

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Covers raise funds for charity in close shave

Covers raise funds

A group of staff at Covers depots in Chichester, Gosport and Portsmouth have raised a total of £564 for Comic Relief after undertaking a range of activities, including bake sales and a sponsored shave. Budding bakers at Chichester and Gosport depots sold a selection of delicious homemade cakes and treats to staff and customers during Red Nose Day last month, …

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Worker paralysed by falling pipe

Construction boss jailed

An Essex company who are specialists in gas infrastructure have been fined after an employee suffered serious injury when a pipe fell into the trench he was working in and struck him. Maidstone Crown Court heard how an employee of Forefront Utilities Limited had entered a trench in Rochester, Kent to connect gas pipes. The new pipes were rested on …

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Electrician fined after apprentice left with life changing injuries

Construction boss jailed

A Birmingham electrician has been ordered to carry out unpaid work in the community after his trainee fell three and a half metres through a plasterboard ceiling. Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard that the apprentice electrician, Soheil Afrapour, spent 23 days in hospital after suffering head injuries. He was installing wiring above the false ceiling for Mr Soheil Alipour. A Health …

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Maxtop launches challenge to find UK’s top tosser

maxtop tosser game

Kitchen and bathroom surface specialist, Maxtop Quartz, is on the hunt for the UK’s top (tea break) tosser with the launch of a new paper-toss style game, which it launched to its 7,000 plus social community on the 3rd April. Created with installers in mind and designed to be played on a smartphone, tablet or computer during a tea or …

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