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Mick George Ltd go ‘Down South’

Having made no secret of their plans to expand geographically and having already delivered contracting services as far North as Arbroath, Mick George Ltd has now landed their most Southernly job to date, in Southampton, on the Adanac Park development.

The business has established itself in the East Anglian and East Midlands regions but having secured works 513 miles apart, literally from one end of the country to the other; and into Scotland, the business really can now be recognised as a national Contractor.  

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SafeSite Facilities bolsters team with new management appointments

Construction safety and security specialist SafeSite Facilities has strengthened its operations team with the appointment of Raj Paul as Contracts Manager - Perimeter Security and Tony Wheeler as Operations and Transport Manager.

Mr Paul joins the company having held senior commercial roles at Royal Mail and Arcadia Group. He was also previously Deputy Head of Retail Commerce at Advance Security Ltd, where he spent eight years specifying security systems for businesses. Whilst at Royal Mail Mr Paul built a multi-million-pound sales pipeline which saw the company’s head count increase by almost 100 team members to deliver new business. He delivered a raft of efficiency measures at Arcadia Group to keep one of its leading high street brands buoyant during a challenging retail financial climate.

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Cut project time with modular buildings

Save 50% time + 20% Costs

Modular construction could transform the construction market, offering possible savings of up to 20% while significantly reducing the construction time by up to 50%. The process would involve part of the building process being shifted to factories, offering the ability to create precision parts that offer a range of quality related benefit to overall project outcomes – including energy efficiency gains and better site safety.

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FASET film goes live

FASET has launched a new marketing film aimed at boosting awareness of the work of the UK trade body for safety netting and temporary safety systems in construction and its 40+ member companies. 

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Mick George Ltd, inspiring the nation

The London Stock Exchange Group has today published the sixth annual edition of their 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain report, which identifies the UK’s fastest growing businesses.

Focused on recognising Britain’s small and medium-sized businesses, from dynamic start-ups to established family firms, the release features companies from a range of sectors and regions, acknowledging the entrepreneurial drive witnessed across the UK at present.  

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CRA launches new Emerging Talent Award

The Concrete Repair Association (CRA), one of the organisations which make up the Structural Concrete Alliance, has launched a new Emerging Talent Award to recognise the achievements of new entrants to the concrete repair industry. The award aims to provide essential support and encouragement to assist further career progression for a new generation of repair and refurbishment specialists.

Offering a cash prize of £2,000 to the winner, the award seeks to reward individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to a business or project in the sphere of concrete repair and refurbishment.  Its goal is to encourage continued personal development, while bringing new talent into the Association and promoting greater participation in its activities. 

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Rail Tales – Capita to host Women in Health and Safety event

Capita is hosting a free-to-attend event with breakfast and networking. 

The event, called Rail Tales, will take place on Wednesday 17 July from 08.30 – 10.30 at Capita, 65 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ.

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Oak Processionary Moth threatens UK oak trees - Boningale cease importation

Oak Processionary Moth (OPM) outbreaks in the UK pose a serious threat to our oak trees. Boningale are ceasing importation of oak trees effective immediately, and will only be sourcing UK oak stock. 

OPM is already established in greater London and some surrounding areas. Defra have noted that the UK Plant Health Service are taking steps to eradicate recent findings of OPM in Hampshire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. These steps may include surveillance, tracing and destruction of the caterpillars and infested trees. 

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3 Education celebrates 10 year milestone and over 8,000 trained

Leading working at height training providers, 3 Education, has reached a business milestone – 10 years independent trading, with more than 8,000 individuals trained.

The 3 Education brand is run by work at height training industry guru, Rob Harris, 54, who’s been at the forefront of safety training – particularly in man safe safety nets, stair towers and temporary edge protection – for more than 25 years. 

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SMART Inspector’s new defects report highlights top scaffold fails

With slips, trips & falls still the number one cause of accidents & injuries on scaffolds, a new reporting system with SMART Scaffolder’s mobile inspection app has for the first time ever revealed the top trends for failures – helping employers to avoid work at height incidents.   

SMART Scaffolder’s award-winning SMART Inspector mobile app has now been used to improve the safety and efficiency of more than 365,000 weekly scaffold inspections. The latest release includes a new report in the desktop web console giving managers a view of the most common failures which can be filtered to show them by site, by customers and even across the entire business.

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Specification - the key to effective cost management

Avoiding under-specification on UK driveways is key to achieving cost objectives in construction. Consider for example, drainage where manhole covers with inappropriate load-bearing capacities are sometimes causing installations to be revisited by developers to make repairs, costing several hundred pounds a time.

In certain trafficking, the long term effects of undervaluing loading requirements can be easily avoided by installing a B125 (12.5T loading classification) cover as a minimum. For example, the kerb weight of a 4x4 commonly varies between 1.6 and 2.5 tonnes, depending on the model, exerting a load, when turning and braking through any one wheel of 6-10 tonnes! This is because, in extreme cases, dynamic loads apply up to 3 or 4 times the static mass of the vehicle, through a single wheel!  This thought process, also benefits scenarios where infrequent traffic – skip loaders, removal vans, waste collection lorries, etc., needs access to driveways, footpaths and grass verges. Again in this instance B125 loading class should be specified as a minimum.

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