News | February 2019

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,

Dealing with Late Payment in the Construction Industry

13th February 2019

Here at Safety Fabrications we’re well aware of poor payment practice within the construction industry here in the UK.  This is an issue that we’ve addressed for our readers on several occasions, as poor payment has been highlighted as one of the major barriers to growth for construction companies in the SME (small to medium enterprise) category.  With some of the biggest, most successful property developers consistently taking a long time to pay, smaller construction contra

Construction’s Latest Trend – Are you Ready for it?

12th February 2019

Over recent years we’ve been following news on off site construction methods so that we can be sure to keep our readers up to date with this major new trend in our industry.  This is quite a radical change in the construction process and brings with it a reduction in the requirement to work at height, a welcome development for all of us who work in construction, especially roofing contractors. 

The Farmer Review – What’s it all About?

07th February 2019

In one of our articles last week we referred to the Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model which was a report commissioned by the government in 2016.  The Farmer Review identified areas in which the construction industry needs to change to thrive in 21st Century Britain, so today we’re going to take a closer look at the Farmer Review which was subtitled “Modernise or Die”.

Mark Farmer, who carried out the review, is an industry expert with 25 years of experience in construction and a founding director of one of the UK’s leading construction consultancies. 

Safety or Productivity, That is the Question!

06th February 2019

Here at Safety Fabrications, as manufacturers of safe access equipment for working at height, we are enthusiastic advocates of safety above all else.   We’ve written extensively about “behavioural safety”, explaining the term in detail,  issues that should be considered, and

Safety Ladders News Roundup – January, 2019

05th February 2019

Ladder safety is an issue that is vital for success of construction companies here in the UK.  The team at Safety Fabrications is dedicated to providing our customers with the safest equipment possible.  Every month we scour the internet for news on ladders or work at height so that we can keep our readers up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders and access equipment.  This is our news roundup offering for the first month of 2019.  If you have anything to add to any of the stories and have come across an issue that you’d like us to cover, please let us know either by email or

Construction Company Owners – Do you Have a Work at Height Policy?

04th February 2019

As a construction company owner, you have obligations towards your employees to ensure that they are able to carry out their work safely, with a minimum of risks.  Working in construction often means working at height, one of the most hazardous work activities that can be undertaken, despite stringent legislation designed to reduce the number of incidents and accidents involving falls from height.  As the person responsible to health and safety, particularly when working at height is involved, you are required to ensure that all work is planned properly and that those expected to carry out