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Governments MAC has listened to construction industry, says CITB...

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  Over 10,000 workers suffered a serious injury because of a slip or trip last year.

Putting the safety of our staff and customers first is at the heart of all we do at Facelift, which is why we created these high-impact retro style safety posters to share with our customers. Our posters include everything from a 'be safe, be seen!' message and advice on how to avoid slips and trips. And posters...

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  A practical guide to IR35's 'off-payroll' legislation - from Build UK

From 6 April 2020, IR35 legislation is changing for medium and large organisations operating in the private sector. The change is related to who is responsible for determining a worker's status when they are employed through an intermediary and, if relevant, who has responsibility for operating...

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  All IPAF PAL Cards now officially 'SMART'...

All valid Powered Access Licence Cards issued by the International Powered Access Federation to MEWP and MCWP operators in circulation worldwide are now Smart cards, as since January 2015 all cards issued by the global PAL Card processing team at IPAF's head office in Cumbria, UK, have been Smart-capable. The use of Smart...

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  The Governments seven key priorities for CITB in 2020

The CITB has an essential role in supporting the success of the construction sector – enabling us to achieve our ambition to build 300,000 homes a year, while also developing our infrastructure. In order to succeed we need a construction industry that is productive and innovative, something that...

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  The time is now right for VAT cut on renovation work - FMB

Commenting on the recommendation in today's final report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission that VAT on repair and renovation work should be zero-rated or at least charged at 5%, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, Brian Berry said:“I am glad the Commission has...

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  Builders waiting for the 'BORIS BOUNCE'

Workloads for small building companies fell in the final quarter of 2019 but builders are more optimistic for 2020, according to a recent survey from the Federation of Master Builders. The key results of the FMB's State of Trade Survey for Q4 are: In the three months to December 2019...

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  Ladders and towers Test & Research Centre now open

Back in 2018, the Ladder Association agreed to support the establishment of a UK testing centre for access equipment. We wanted to see a facility where ladders could be put through their paces. Where access products could earn their own quality mark. Where there was plenty of space for indoor...

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  CITB training special offers for February and March

Special offers running on selected courses through February and March at our Hickstead training centre
  • CITB Site Managers Refresher (2 Days, starting 24/02/20) WAS £350 + VAT, NOW £295 + VAT
  • CITB Site Supervisors SSSTS (2 Days, starting 26/02/20) WAS £350 + VAT, NOW £250 + VAT
  • CITB H&S Awareness (1 Day, 28/02/20) WAS £150 + VAT, NOW £100 + VAT
  • CITB Site Managers SMSTS (5 Days, starting 23/03/20) WAS £550 + VAT, NOW £450 + VAT
Contact our Training team to book or call us on 0800 725 572

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  Councils bans use of ladders

Article from the Sun Newspaper: CAUTIOUS town council has banned workers from using ladders because they breach health and safety rules. Ringwood Town Council said its maintenance team can no longer climb ladders to put up banners in the Hampshire market town because it is too dangerous. 15ft high banners have previously...

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  Brexit Transition period

The UK has now left the EU. The transition period is in place while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements for a trade deal. It will end on 31 December 2020. Your responsibility to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work activities remain the same during the transition period. The guidance 'Health and Safety Made Simple: The basics for your business', will...

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  Spiders in action...

We’ve had two 26m spiders and operator working on a job in Redhill since the beginning of October for Barratt Homes. Spider platforms are particulaly suited to rough terrain situations, fitted with tracks they offer most flexibility for working conditions...

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  Roofer suffers serious injury falling from ladder

A roofing company has been fined after a worker suffered serious back injuries when he fell from a ladder whilst transporting a bucket full of broken tiles. Folkestone Magistrates' Court heard that on 2 October 2018, AU Roofing and Building Ltd workers were working on a roof in Ramsgate where they...

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