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Construction industry hopes to boost efficiency with new Pre-Qualification System

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  50% off IPAF MEWPs for Managers Course

IPAF MEWPs for Managers is an essential one day training programme, that would benefit anyone who is the manager or supervisor of people that work with cherry pickers. The course covers the responsibilities and knowledge they require to deal with the constantly changing demands, relating to working at height on site and the use of MEWPs. Facelift is be offering a 50% discount on...

  Employers and workers agree 2.75% pay rise for construction workers

A 2.75% pay rise for construction workers has been agreed for the year ahead following successful pay negotiations between the Federation of Master Builders and Unite. The Building and Allied Trades Joint Industrial Council has agreed a one-year deal...

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  New construction minister must make 'purging the sector of rogue firms' his mission, says FMB

The new Construction Minister, Andrew Stephenson MP, should make it his mission to raise quality and standards in the construction industry through mandatory licensing, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Brian Berry, Chief Exec...

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  Entries open for Lifting Technician and Plant Operative Apprenticeship Awards

Entries are now open for the seventh Construction Plant Association "Stars of the Future" awards, which recognise and reward some of the industry’s brightest and most promising talent. Traditionally, Stars of the Future has rewarded plant mechanic apprentices but for 2019, the scope of the event has been widened to include two new...

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  CSCS to withdraw postal applications

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) has announced plans to withdraw postal applications. CSCS currently provide a postal application service that is used by construction workers to apply for their CSCS cards. However, the body has now taken steps to remove this "largely paper-based and inefficient service"...

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  Late-paying construction companies suspended from Prompt Payment Code

A number of companies, including construction giants such as Balfour Beatty, Costain, and Laing O’Rourke, have had their membership of the Prompt Payment Code suspended due to consistently paying their suppliers late. Many of the UK’s biggest construction companies were among...

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  Asbestos still putting lives at risk 20 years since ban, says IOSH

Despite 20 years passing since it was banned, lives are still being put at risk by companies failing to manage exposure to asbestos, according to the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Although it was banned in 1999, the deadly substance is still present in at least half a million...

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  Facelift flashback: Facelift team go nuts for Home start CHAMS

Back in spring 2013, the Facelift team were just beginning training to take part in the NUTS Challenge – a muddy assault course – in order to raise money for Home Start Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex. Supporting families where there are issues such as isolation, neglect, financial...

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  Unusual (and dangerous) access technique spotted in Sussex

Vertikal magazine reports on an unusual (and highly dangerous) access technique spotted in Worthing, Sussex earlier this month, after two men were spotted working on ladders from the roof of their van. Publishing photos of the offending configuration, the magazine reports: ‘The photo clearly shows them using their van to boost the...

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Building Contractor fined following illegal asbestos work

Construction company fined after two workers injured in fall from height

Company fined after boy sustains life-changing injuries after fall from scaffolding
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