News | February 2019

Brexit Briefing – The Challenges for Construction in the UK

28th February 2019

As we approach Brexit, with most of us still clueless about what it’s going to be like and how it will affect use here in the UK (not just the construction industry, or industry in general, but every single person in the land), the uncertainty is overwhelming and the only sure thing we know is that Brexit is coming, and it’s coming fast!  This is an issue that affects the future for everybody in the UK and it would be useful to have some idea of what it’s going to be like, post-Brexit.  As the date for Britain to leave the EU draws inexorably closer, the co-chair of the Construction Leaders

Be the Best – Top Five Tips for Construction Industry Apprentices

27th February 2019

Over the past few weeks we’ve been taking a look at the apprenticeship scheme with some advice for construction company owners on the benefits of hiring and apprentice, followed by some information on choosing the right apprentice for your construction firm. 

Adopting a Mobile Construction Safety Programme – How to Get Started

26th February 2019

Here at Safety Fabrications we are strong advocates for the new types of technology we’ve been seeing in recent years.  We’ve seen so many digital solutions that are making the construction industry safer, more efficient and stronger.  Last week we took a look at one of the latest digital trends in construction – the use of mobile apps.  As promised, today we have some advice for construction company owners and managers who want to harness the power of mobile technology for their business, how to plan for it.

3D Printing in Construction – Latest News

25th February 2019

Here at Safety Fabrications, we’ve reported in the past on 3D printing and some of the opportunities it could provide to the construction industry, both here in the UK and overseas.  That was a while ago and, as with most new technology these days, 3D printing seems to have progressed in leaps and bounds.  Today we’re going to take a look at some exciting projects that are already harnessing the power of 3D printing.

Top Five Reasons to Adopt a Mobile Construction Safety Programme

21st February 2019

For those of us who work in the 21st century construction industry, keeping our phones safe is just one of the issues we need to think about whilst working onsite.  However, we’ve now reached a stage when our phones could be keeping US safe onsite, with the help of mobile technology.  According to a recent report on construction technology, 92% of construction workers use smartphones and 62% use tablets on a daily basis. 

The Case for Tool Tethering Devices when Working at Height

20th February 2019

A fall from height is still a very real risk in the construction industry today, despite the strict rules and regulations governing work at height of all kinds.  Another common cause of injury on construction sites around the world is being struck by tools or materials that fall from height.  This is why tool tethering is such an important issue.  Keeping track of your tools whilst working at height is a challenge and using a tool tethering system is the most efficient method of avoiding the risk of falling objects on a building site. 

Is your Construction Company Ready for OSM?

19th February 2019

Last week we reported on the latest trend in the construction industry – off site manufacture (OSM, also known as pre-fabrication) which is on the increase.  A recent survey of some of the UK’s top construction companies disclosed that more than half intend to double the amount of OSM in their projects in the coming five years. 

Choosing the Right Apprentice in the Construction Industry

18th February 2019

Last week here on Safety Fabrications news, we took another look at apprenticeships here in the UK, giving some advice on how to go about hiring an apprentice, with details on the first steps you’ll need to take if you want to benefit your business by offering an apprenticeship to a youngster who’s hoping to forge a career in the construction industry.  Today, as promised, we have some information for our readers on what to look for in potential apprenticeship can

Welcome Investment in the Future of the UK Construction Industry

15th February 2019

As we reported in our monthly News Roundup last week, there’s been some good news for the construction industry here in the UK in the shape of an £18 million investment in new technologies.  It’s hoped that this will transform the face of construction here in Britain through a range of projects that are designed to make our industry more productive, efficient and sustainable.  Today we’re going to take a more detailed look at this welcome news.

Thinking of Hiring a Construction Apprentice? Here’s What you Need to Know

14th February 2019

If you’re a construction company owner or manager who’s thinking about hiring an apprentice, then you’re in good company.  We’ve reported on apprenticeships many times in recent years as we believe that the apprenticeship programme is playing a significant role in the future of our industry.  We’re all aware that the UK building industry is facing a challenging future as we approach Brexit, especially in light of the fact that there is no deal in sight and it looks increasingly likely that a hard Brexit is on the cards.  Without the skilled labour we’ve traditionally employed from overseas,