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ASFP releases programme for London seminar

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) has now released the full programme for its CPD seminar in central London on 23 October 2019. The seminar, at the Aviva Building, 1 Undershaft, London EC3P 3DQ, aims to improve awareness of passive fire protection and help delegates to understand the vital role of compartmentation in maintaining fire safety in buildings. 

The ASFP is pleased to announce that Peter Caplehorn, vice chairman of the Industry Response Group on Competence for Building a Safer Future, will offer a review of the Group’s proposals relating to competency in construction contained in its recently published report, Raising the Bar.

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CCTV Monitoring focuses on growth with BigChange mobile workforce tech

CCTV Monitoring, one of the fastest-growing construction site CCTV installation and monitoring businesses in the UK, has rolled out a mobile workforce system as part of a cloud-based business system from Leeds-based BigChange.  Equipped with rugged tablets running a 5 in 1 app called JobWatch, CCTV Monitoring engineers are tracked and connected in real-time to the central system giving management 24/7 visibility of their field operations.

CCTV Monitoring has a team of CCTV and security specialists with engineers that can be deployed quickly nationwide to provide a complete CCTV service from site assessment to installation, monitoring and servicing.  The company also operates a 24 hour monitoring station to protect key building sites across the UK for many of the biggest names in industry including Kier, Balfour Beatty, Morgan-Sindall, Galliford Try, Willmott Dixon and Skanska.

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Palmers Scaffolding reaches 100 years incorporated milestone, 1919-2019

Leading scaffolding and special access providers, Palmers Scaffolding UK Ltd has reached an epic milestone in its rich and long-standing heritage – achieving 100 years since it was incorporated as a business brand, back in 1919.

A century ago this month, Palmers Scaffolding founder, Edwin Palmer took the decision to transform the well-known scaffolding and access family business name into a company – formally founding it as the legal business structure it still is today, now under British ownership with CEO, well-known scaffolding man and entrepreneur, Colin Butt at its helm.

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Working at Height Best Practice Forum 2019

Close to 400 delegates from leading contractors, associations and manufacturers once again came together for the Working at Height Best Practice Forum on the 19th September 2019 with the aim of improving safety standards within the industry. Celebrating its eleventh year, the event has grown in size and stature to become one of the UK’s leading powered access safety conferences. This event acts as a catalyst for the development of best practice and safe use of powered access.

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Altus Safety celebrates 3 years of success

Safety at height experts, Altus Safety, is celebrating the company’s third anniversary with figures that reveal the business is on track for a £2 million turnover by the end of this year, from a standing start in August 2016.

Established by directors Simon Mealor and Mark Weaver, who met while working at one of Altus Safety’s competitors, the company has completed more than 500 safety at height installations over the past three years. The pair have grown the business from a partnership to a full-time team of 12, along with five installation teams, and Altus Safety has delivered projects for around 300 customers to date.

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Fire resistant concrete repair for vertical and overhead applications

Concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world, with a wide range of regular uses. However, problems such as freeze thaw, spalling/cracking, carbonation, chemical attack and impact, amongst others, can all result in concrete damage. 

When a repair is needed, reducing downtime and maintenance costs are top priorities. Yet, there can be situations where applications aren’t straight forward, such as overhead and vertical repairs. Using traditional or alternative concrete repair methods can mean more time and costs associated with a repair. Formwork or shuttering is also required to mould the material into shape and provide support during and after the application. Not only does this extend the maintenance period, but also introduces further labour and material costs. 

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Later Living needs 'Hospitality'

The 'Golden Rule'

In hospitality, there is a golden rule: the customer is always right. This philosophy has underpinned the industry – and the services it provides – for nearly a century. And, in the process, has helped evolve, inform and shape the spaces and services that hospitality offers.

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Mick George land university accommodation package

Having recently announced that it has secured construction works of more than £200m to create new student accommodation at the University of Leicester, energy and regeneration specialist ENGIE has wasted little time in appointing an Earthworks contractor.

Local firm, Mick George Ltd who operate two sites in Leicestershire will imminently begin Earthworks for the new regeneration scheme.

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Aluminium Wall Coping: in stock, in Anthracite Grey and in 2 sizes

In response to demand for a quicker turn-around, Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading specialist metal rainwater system stockist and online retailer, are taking  Aluminium Wall Coping in the most popular colour, RAL 7016 Anthracite Grey, and the most frequently requested sizes, SL30 & SL36, into stock for next day delivery.  

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Culture and attitudes impact safe working at height

In July 2019 the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published its annual workplace fatality figures showing that deaths due to falls from height have risen 11% in the last five years, and 14% from last year. In 2018/19, 40 fatal injuries to workers were due to falls from a height.

Falls from height continue to claim more lives in the workplace than any other factor. The latest HSE statistics demonstrate there is not one single industry that can claim it has solved the Health and Safety culture issue which still exists. While some sectors such as construction and agriculture remain the most dangerous, there is still a wide-reaching lack of education for safe Work at Height. This is even in despite efforts from government, regulators and charities to draw attention to the deadly risks.

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FIS launches new project Risk Management Tool to support members

The FIS exists to raise standards within the finishes and interiors sector and at the same time reduce the risk for members. Pivotal to this work is the FIS Product Process People (PPP) Quality framework. The FIS PPP Risk Management tool has been created to help members embrace the thinking behind this quality framework and to encourage a culture of scrutinising risk in a structured way at the outset of a project.

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