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How to Drive a Ladder – Part Two

17 July 2019

Last week we had some advice for our readers on how to transport ladders from one job site to the next safely and securely.  We felt that it would be a good idea to remind our readers of this issue following a story that was featured in our monthly News Roundup for June.   The news story concerned an incident on the A1270 Northern Distributor Road which snarled up traffic when a set of ladders being transported on a


Fantastic Plastic? Part Two

16 July 2019

In one of our articles last week, we drew our readers’ attention to the construction industry’s scheme to play a significant role in the fight against climate change by reducing the amount of plastic we throw away.  The construction sector is the second largest consumer of plastic here in the UK and, whilst a lot of that plastic is being used as construction materials in the shape of piping, insulation, paints, etc., a huge portion of this ( a massive 50,000 tonnes annually) is packaging, single use plastics w


Changing the Safety Culture in Construction

15 July 2019

Despite our stringent health and safety at work legislation here in the UK, accidents still happen – this was clearly demonstrated in our report last week on the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE’s) latest workplace fatality statistics.   The statistics revealed that the construction industry is the second most risky sector in which to work, experiencing 30 deaths, just two below the riskiest sector, which is agriculture, forestry and fishing which accounted for 32 fata


Ladder for England – What’s it all About?

11 July 2019

In our monthly News Roundup last week, we reported on the fact that the finalists in the Ladder for Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards were treated to a guided tour of Parliament, meeting with MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, who is joint patron of the Ladder for England campaign.  Ladder for England is an initiative that is designed to encourage businesses across the UK to invest in hiring and training an apprentice.  Today we’re going to take a little look at the origins and history of Ladder for Engla


HSE Workplace Fatality Statistics - No Room for Complacency in Construction!

10 July 2019

In a stark reminder of why we need to exercise vigilance at all times when it comes to health and safety in the workplace, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released the latest statistics on workplace safety.  The report revealed that there were 147 fatal injuries to workers in the UK in the period covering April 2018 to March 2019 (a rate of 0.45 per 100,000 workers), which is an increase of 6 over the previous year.


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