News | December 2018

Construction Industry News Roundup for 2018

31st December 2018


As we begin a brand new year, here at Safety Fabrications we’re taking a look back at 2018 to remind our readers of the news and other developments that particularly affected our industry over the past twelve months.

We Wish you a Merry Christmas

27th December 2018

Families across the land are gathering together to celebrate Christmas once again and, here at D-marc, we want to extend Christmas wishes to all of our readers as the year comes to a close.  We wish all of our readers a happy Christmas this year and hope that Santa brings the kids all the toys and games they’ve been hoping for.

The UK Construction Industry and the Skills Based Immigration System

26th December 2018

With the date for Brexit fast approaching, most of us are still none the wiser on what this will entail as negotiations seem to have failed and it looks as if a hard Brexit is on the cards.  The government’s new Immigration White Paper, “Future skills-based immigration system: executive summary” was updated recently and has been met with anger by construction industry leaders as they fear this will have a negative impact on the industry here in the UK.  The new policy was released by Home Secretary Sajid Javid and it represents a particular snub to the construction lobbying campaign which h

The Ladder Between Two Mountain Peaks

25th December 2018

If you regularly work at height in the construction industry, you’re sure to be aware of the importance of safety whilst doing so.  We have stringent legislation designed to ensure that work at height is carried out with the minimum amount of risk possible and there is a whole industry built around providing equipment that enables safe access for working at height and the personal protective equipment (PPE) necessary for doing so. 

Combustible Materials Ban – Update for Construction Company Owners

24th December 2018

Last year’s tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in West London horrified the nation and, in the aftermath, resulted in the government commissioning the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety led by Dame Judith Hackitt.  Because building legislation is an issue that affects all of our readers, we promised shortly after the fire that we would keep our audience informed of the news that results from the fire and the Hackitt Review and we’ve brought you regular updates over the past 18 months as new developments occurred. 

Skip Surprises

21st December 2018

Last week we brought you some information on one of the most common items in the building trade – the humble skip.  We outlined the history of skips and why they are usually yellow.  We also promised that this week we’d take a light-hearted look at some of the weirdest things people have found in skips over the years, so here we go.

Ladder Matches – What’s it all about

20th December 2018

Here at Safety Fabrications, we rather fancy ourselves as ladder experts – we know our business and our business is ladders.  So, we were quite astonished recently when we came across a use for ladders that we were totally unaware of – the ladder match! 

A ladder match is a type of match in the world of professional wrestling.  The most common form of a ladder match is where an items (often a title belt) is hung above the ring and the winner is whichever contestant climbs a ladder and retrieves the belt. 

Construction Company Owners – Beware Complicated Contracts

18th December 2018

A recent case in the Court of Appeal serves to remind us just how important it is for contractors to get the contract signed by all parties before work begins.  The case of Arcadis Consulting vs. Amec is a sorry tale.

Ascending the Ascent™ Walkway to the Roof of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital

17th December 2018

Here at Safety Fabrications we are so proud that one of our safe access products, the Ascent™ Walkway system, was chosen for installation on Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to provide safe access to the roof. 

Skips in the Construction Industry – A History

14th December 2018

One of our articles last week covered the news that costs in the construction industry have risen as a result of an increase in the price of diesel and higher charges for skip hire.  This led us to look into the history of skips.  We see them everywhere, whether on construction sites where they are used to collect the waste, in driveways of homes where refurbishment work or garden clearance is being carried out and in other places where there is a lot of waste material needing to be removed.