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Newly formed APPG launches inquiry into workplace falls from height

The newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height, sponsored by PASMA and chaired by Glasgow Central MP, Alison Thewlis, has launched its first inquiry into the numbers of serious injuries and fatalities which occur because of a fall from height and falling objects.

The inquiry is be open for evidence submissions from interested stakeholders until March 2nd 2018. The APPG have two days in Parliament to consider evidence and will then develop a report to make recommendations on how the frequency of serious injuries and fatalities can be reduced.

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CPA awards student prize following University Engagement Programme

The Corrosion Prevention Association, one of the associations that comprise the Structural Concrete Alliance, has awarded a £1,000 prize to a student team that submitted the best project in its University Engagement Programme piloted at Coventry University. 

The winners, Dominic Nursey and Diana Ciurte, submitted their proposal on how they would investigate a real-life corrosion problem found in a civil engineering structure. In conjunction with Coventry City Council data from a site on the Coventry Ring Road, adjacent to the University was provided to the students for the project. They detailed options available to rectify the damage and arrest the issue, and a thorough evaluation of each option (based on health and safety, cost, effectiveness, carbon footprint, material selection, programme etc).

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Your business, is our business!

When businesses purchase a commercial property, whether that be an office, warehouse or retail environment, although with a certain degree of resent, it is generally accepted that at some stage longer term, faults, damage and general ‘wear and tear’ will inevitably arise. 

However, we all share the collective hope that the level to which it occurs, costs and consequences, are all retained to a minimum, especially when this is likely to impact on the daily functionality of the business’s operations and profitability. 

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Bull wins first major European project with Shell headquarters

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, has secured its first major European contract with British–Dutch multinational oil and gas company, Shell. 

The company has been contracted to supply its renowned Cygnus alarm systems during the renovation of the oldest Shell building in the Netherlands. 

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Survey – Carillion sub-contractors facing huge losses

A snap poll of Carillion engineering sub-contractors shows that many companies are facing huge financial losses from the collapse of the construction giant. That’s according to new data obtained by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA.

Carillion owes around £75 million to around 80 engineering services firms, who provide vital services such as electrical, plumbing, gas, fire and security, and heating and ventilation. The overall losses are likely to be far higher, given there are thousands of businesses operating in the industry. The engineering services sector is the largest part of the construction industry by value.

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Get extra with galvanised steel guttering

Rainclear, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, are offering customers an EXTRA 7.5% off Galvanised Steel Guttering in 6 colours with next day delivery and FREE delivery on orders over £300 net.

The extra discount, available in the month of February only, is offered on top of the current 15% discount and will be applied at the checkout regardless of the size of the order.

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Useful information for specialist contractors

With Carillion having gone into liquidation on 15 January 2018 and thousands of lives to be impacted as a result, Streetwise Subbie are already working hard to help specialist subcontractors caught up in this mess.

They have published a 6 page advice paper setting out some useful information for subcontractors who have been involved either directly or indirectly with Carillion.

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Former Loughborough school to be demolished by Mick George Ltd

Local construction business, Mick George Ltd has been contracted to complete demolition works on behalf of Westleigh Partnerships Ltd, at the former Ashmount School, Beacon Road, Loughborough.

The premises which is located adjacent to the Epinal Way junction, is currently lying vacant since the former special education facility was relocated to Charnwood College Campus, Thorpe Hill, Loughborough back in 2014. 

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Carillion collapse adds urgency to resolving retentions issues

The liquidation of construction giant Carillion could lead to potentially catastrophic losses for thousands of SMEs, according to the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) and the electrotechnical and engineering services trade body ECA.

According to its latest set of accounts, Carillion was holding over £800m in retentions payments owed to sub-contractors. There is growing alarm that much of this money will be lost leaving many more firms at risk of financial collapse.

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30% of workers have never received first aid training

Almost 30% of workers have never received first aid training, according to a recent survey carried out by Bull Products.

Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, carried out a first aid survey to address the issues within the construction industry, and what preventative measures companies need to put in place further to ensure a safer site all year round. 

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Modular building sector launches its own NVQ

A new workplace-based qualification has been developed by the Modular and Portable Building Association (MPBA), to ensure that future demand for skilled professionals in the sector is addressed.

The Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Innovative/Modern Methods of Construction – Modular and Portable Building has been devised over a number of years by the MPBA in conjunction with CITB, and continues to be developed. It is the first time that a single qualification has existed that is tailored to both assess and grade the skills, knowledge and competence of those working in the sector.

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