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New A1 fire rated non-combustible pedestals introduced

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater and drainage systems, have introduced a new range of A1 fire rated, non-combustible raised floor pedestals from Harmer to the website. For external balconies, terraces, roof & winter gardens etc. The new range has been designed to comply with the latest building fire regulations released in response to the Hackitt report, following the Grenfell tragedy.

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Broker launches new vehicle management division

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has announced the creation of its new vehicle management and leasing division.

Officially launching today (22nd), the team, known as MAF Leasing, will actively serve both consumers and businesses for the first time in the company’s history. 

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PASMA responds to HSE prosecution after tower collapse causes worker to fall 8m

A recent prosecution at Glasgow Sheriff Court has highlighted both the human and financial consequences when work at height is not properly planned, designed and managed.

The court heard that on 2 September 2016, an employee of JR Scaffold Services Ltd, who was erecting a tower scaffold to carry out roof repairs, fell 8 metres after the cantilever section on which he was standing collapsed. According to reports, it left him hospitalised for two weeks, with severe injuries including a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen and multiple rib and shoulder fractures. It was five months before he could return to work and he will be on daily antibiotics for the rest of his life.

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CONSTRUCT launches two metre hardhat sticker campaign during COVID-19

The Trade Body for concrete structures has launched a campaign to help encourage 2m social distancing on construction sites across the UK.

CONSTRUCT’s bright hardhat stickers feature the 2m distance rule in order to embed new behaviours on site while social distancing measures are in place.

The stickers act as a visual reminder for operatives to keep them and those around them safe on site.

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Natural Zinc – now in stock – for next day delivery

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, has once again responded to the demand for its Natural Zinc Rainwater System by adding it to the huge ranges it stocks in its two warehouses in Swindon, for next day delivery to mainland UK addresses.

The Natural Zinc was only added to website, originally with a 15day leadtime, in April. The response has been such a success that they recognised the value to customer of having a shorter leadtime and so will begin stocking the range, in 115mm half-round profile gutter and 80mm diameter round downpipe, from the 5th July 2020.

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Leading work at height training centre re-opens adapted to “the new normal”

Leading work at height training provider, 3 Education has re-opened its doors in the wake of the UK’s Coronavirus peak, with strict safety polices adapting to “the new normal” – offering low number, socially distanced training courses to rigorously enforced safety policies. 

A thorough package of safety measures have been set up in the niche training facility in Westcott, near Aylesbury, specifically designed to protect course delegates and 3 Education employees in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak peak, as the construction sector tentatively returns to work. 

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New hand sanitiser station supports the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity

Biosite Systems Ltd has introduced a portable Hand Sanitiser Station for deployment on site in areas where hand washing facilities are not available or practical to install. Developed in response to the latest construction industry guidance* recommending enhanced hygiene procedures on site in the fight against COVID-19, the station provides a solution for operatives to access hand sanitiser gel quickly and easily. 

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Mick George Group land £20m multi-service extension package

The Mick George Group, a Cambridgeshire based Construction specialist which operates two sites within the Leicestershire region has landed a multi-service construction package worth circa £20m for works to be completed at Magna Park Lutterworth, Europe’s largest dedicated logistics and distribution park.

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Casella announces May training webinars for OSH on workplace noise and vibration

From 2005 to the present trends in employees working remotely have increased by 159%; more than 11x faster than the size the workforce as a whole has increased. Demand for flexible work practices has been on the rise, and resources to meet this demand are becoming more valuable and, given the current global health situation, a necessity for many.

Casella, industry-leading world expert in monitoring solutions for noise, air sampling and vibration, has been committed to providing accessible training across its areas of core competency in the form of one-day introductory courses and on-site product training.

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Financial business launches new scheme to help the NHS

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has announced the launch of its new ‘Help to Supply’ scheme.  

Aimed at providing the NHS and its staff with additional equipment, the scheme will see the East Midlands-based partner with professional firms across the country. 

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NASC 2020 Safety Report shows record low accidents

The number of accidents and injuries recorded by NASC members fell to an all-time low in 2019, with just 74 incidents to operatives throughout the year.

This figure is revealed in the NASC 2020 Safety Report, which documents and analyses accident and injury statistics for its full contracting members – representing more than 17,000 scaffolding operatives across the UK – in the previous calendar year.

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