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N45 engine from FPT Industrial powers the 2019 'Tractor of the Year'

FPT Industrial has much to celebrate today at EIMA International trade fair in Bologna (Italy). The jury awarded its "Tractor of the Year®" (TOTY) 2019 prize to the Case IH Maxxum 145 Multicontroller tractor, commanding both “its engine power as well as its efficient fuel consumption,” guaranteed by FPT Industrial’s N45 engine.

Established in 1998 by Italian magazine "Trattori", the TOTY awards recognize European innovations in the tractor market segment. The jury consisted of around 20 international journalists representing some of Europe’s most influential agricultural magazines.

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Finance firm looks to the future hiring five young new starters

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), is committed to building the next generation of finance brokers after employing five new members of staff all under the age of 23.

University graduates Sam Greasley, Harry Krikken, Charlie Hubble, Ryan Walker and Liam Delaney were all hired this month as the broker continues its talent development scheme to help boost its national coverage. 

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York Handmade plays pivotal role in new art and design technology centre

The award-winning York Handmade Brick Company has played a pivotal role in the creation of the new Art and Design Technology Centre at Pocklington School, near York.

York Handmade, based at Alne, near Easingwold, supplied 31,000 bricks for the exterior of the new £3.25 million building, together with 4,300 terracotta tiles for the interior floor.

The contract is worth £78,000 for York Handmade, one of the leading independent brickmakers in the UK.

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Lead by example to enhance site safety

According to stats released today by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 30.7 million working days lost due to work-related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries in 2017/18, with workplace injury and illness costing the economy around £15bn a year. 

Bradley Markham, director at Bull Products, believes strong leadership is crucial to enhancing health and safety performance on site. He shares his leadership tips and the vital actions to take to ensure health and safety remains front of mind.

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A13 Sadlers Farm earthworks by Mick George

The latest section of remedial works on the A13 / A130 Sadlers Farm ‘interchange’ is underway, one-year after initially being identified for upgrades in a series of routine inspections completed by Essex County Council.

Earthworks specialist Mick George Ltd will imminently begin enabling works on behalf of principal contractor Balfour Beatty PLC.

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Communicate vital information directly on the equipment!

Increase your workplace safety and facilitate compliance with international directives by communicating status information where it can be seen by all workers. Brady’s Visual Tagging systems create a clear audit trail, ensuring you have a permanent data trail of inspections and work carried out as well as evidence in a court of law if you need it.

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Sindrilla is here to combat HAVS

Castle & Pryor have launched a product to eliminate Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) - also known as ‘white finger’ caused by exposure to vibration. Anyone who uses hand-held power tools for a significant length of time is at risk. And until now, there has been no real hands free solution to nerve damage and HAVS when using conventional rotary percussive drills within the construction industry.

Rotary percussion (RP) drilling combines a rotating and percussive or ‘hammering’ action in the same drill. This method is widely used across the construction industry because it’s a cheap and effective way to anchor steel frames into the ground, to drill rough sided holes into concrete, or when you need to connect one concrete slab to another using reinforced steel dowels.

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Health centre achieves Secured by Design’s top award and praise from MP

A new showcase health centre, which includes a GP practice, dentist’s and pharmacy within a single building, has been awarded the highest accolade that can be given by Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative.

The Lister House Health Centre, Harlow, was officially opened by the town’s MP Robert Halfon on Friday, 19 October.

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Record breaking A14 milestone by Mick George

The video below is footage of a ‘record breaking’ concrete pour for Section 2 – Buckden Road Bridge on the A14 Highway Improvement Scheme.

The footage represents the largest single pour made on this section of the project to date. 

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Trade bodies call on chancellor to back SMEs in budget

Ahead of next week’s Budget, BESA and ECA have called on Chancellor Philip Hammond MP to take decisive action to support small and medium sized businesses in the construction and engineering industry.

The two leading engineering services trade bodies have issued a five-point plan to the Treasury, calling for the following to be prioritised in the Budget to boost productivity, jobs and growth:

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Next week's London Build Expo to mix business with fun!

London's leading construction and design show, London Build, will return to the Olympia London next week (Oct 23-24).

Since its launch four years ago, London Build has established itself as the largest construction show for London, covering all sectors within the built environment. After reaching full capacity in the Central and West halls, London Build will be moving to the Olympia’s National Hall for this year’s show.

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