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Half of construction and architecture workers lose sleep over their job

A nationwide poll by international safety barrier manufacturer, A-SAFE, has revealed that people working in the building, construction and architecture industry lose sleep as a direct result of workplace worries. 

The company polled 1,000 people working in industries including automotive, food and drink, logistics and transport, retail and government, and found that nearly half (48%) of building, construction and architecture workers lose sleep over their job. The data showed that around 16% of workers regularly lose sleep, with a further 32% experiencing occasional loss of sleep.

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With 17% growth Nationwide Platforms still world’s largest IPAF provider

Nationwide Platforms has once again retained its position as the world’s largest IPAF provider after training 14,896 delegates in 2016. With IPAF registrations up 17% from 2015, it achieved the highest number of registrations ever recorded by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). 

The company offers the full range of IPAF operator, management and PAL+ training courses either at its customers’ premises or from 26 depots strategically located throughout the UK. Particular achievements in 2016 included providing more than 11,000 3a/b Operator courses, 1,085 Harness courses, 350 PAL+ courses and 775 MEWPs for Managers courses - 540 courses more than the second highest provider.

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New - ‘getmeviewing’ web from the CAI

The Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd (CAI) as the UK’s leading trade association for the home entertainment installation industry has launched a major new initiative with the viewer and listener in mind. The CAI has for 38 years been the first choice reference point for broadcasters, government and the construction trades when advice is needed on signal reception and network distribution around the home or business.

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BDA growth as new members sign-up

The British Drilling Association (BDA) has got off to a great start in 2017, signing up four new members. The new additions to the BDA are: R J Blasting (Scotland) Ltd; Bulroc (UK) Ltd; 4Site Construction Ltd and Tyneside Site Investigations.

Membership enquiries are also up for the first quarter of 2017, indicating strong support for the Association’s aims and goals as well as the progress it has made towards fully representing the drilling industry.

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ProntoCALC PRO section now available to all builders during free trial

The web-based build cost calculator, ProntoCALC allows the Builder to quickly and accurately produce a price for a project, and it hold all the Builder’s rates. As the quantities are entered, a cost schedule in PDF format of 14 pages is produced, detailing every aspect of the project. The second section, ProntoCALC PRO, is for when the work is won and construction begins. This section of the cost estimator helps Builders and their Clients to financially manage the project. 

The most important aspect of project cost management is the control of design changes/variations. There are two ways to apply a variation in ProntoCALC.  On the main site a variation list is created which adjusts the budget. If there is an item not covered in the quantities of the main site, or you have something you wish to remove from the budget, it can be done here. The variations in the PRO section work slightly differently. It is often important to have evidence based records of additional labour and material costs. Here the daily costs of individual labour and materials can be recorded which are then immediately applied to the budget. It is never a good idea to leave these adjustments to the final moments of a project. This record can be sent as a PDF to the client that will fulfil contractual requirements.

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Up, up and away - house development by Mick George

Mick George Ltd, all things Skips, Concrete, Aggregates and big construction plant or equipment, or at least until last year where the dynamics changed and the business introduced its Home and Garden range, tapping further in to domestic markets outside of their familiar territories.

That venture was just the start of things to follow. October 2016, saw the launch of Mick’s Mates the installation service for residential and commercial premises, which brings together the use of local, accredited tradesmen from various disciplines.

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Nationwide Platforms takes tracked boom division nationally

Nationwide Platforms, the UK’s largest powered access specialist, has more than tripled its fleet of tracked boom lifts after taking delivery of a further 64 machines. Comprised of 56 Hinowa and eight large Teupen tracked boom lifts, the investment ensures its customers have unrivalled access to one of the largest and youngest fleets of tracked boom lifts throughout the UK. 

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The safe way to work at height

Businesses whose employees routinely work at height appreciate that to comply with safety regulations they must use appropriate access equipment, yet those undertaking only occasional or seasonal activities may be unclear about their responsibilities.

Briggs Equipment has therefore come up with ten tips to help businesses hire the most appropriate aerial access machines, also known as Mobile Elevated Work Platforms (MEWPs), to maintain a safe environment for their workforce.

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Environmentally friendly construction: What is it and why pay attention to it?

Within the next 20 years, it is estimated that as a planet, we will reach our peak capacity for oil consumption. As global production of all oil decreases, demand continues to increase, and this is no different when it comes to the construction industry. 

The construction sector and industries throughout the western world depend upon cheap crude oil for use within their manufacturing processes and the machines they use to implement these processes.

What is striking is that within the UK, construction accounts for 50% of all carbon emissions produced by machinery and production. 

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I want to be part of it - by Mick George Ltd

Business is very much on the up at Mick George Ltd, with the outlook seemingly positive across all areas of the company.

Within their ranks, they even have their very own Frank Sinatra, who aptly reconfigured the music hit 'New York, New York', applying the theme to Mick George Ltd this time around. And who wouldn't want to be part of it?

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Midlands Asset Finance make key new appointment to its team in Yorkshire

Independent financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance, has enhanced its support for SMEs with the appointment of Paul Delaney as Business Development Manager for Yorkshire. 

Paul (pictured) will be responsible for building new customer relationships in Yorkshire and will arrange funding transactions for real estate, invoice and asset finance working with our extensive panel of High Street and Challenger Banks.

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