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Key developments in construction plant hire discussed at CPA Plant Conference

Over 150 key contacts from the likes of A-Plant, CITB, Clee Hill Plant, Costain, GAP, the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Highways England and Skanska attended this year’s Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) Plant Conference which took place at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre near Coventry.

The one-day event, which was held in association with headline sponsor AMI Group, had the theme of ‘Understanding and Influencing the Future of Construction Plant Hire.’ Held for the fourth consecutive year, the conference provoked interesting debate on important and business-critical developments in construction plant hire, such as air quality in London, supply and demand of plant operators and the effect of health on productivity.

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Heckmondwike FB shortlisted for Best Product Award

Heckmondwike FB, one of the UK’s leading carpet manufacturers, has been shortlisted in trade magazine Tomorrow’s FM’s annual awards for its Supacord fibre bonded carpet range.

The national magazine, which is read by facilities managers across the UK, selects the top 50 companies that manufacture products and services that it feels are worthy of winning the prestigious ‘best product/service title’.

A full list of entries is released in a Guide produced by the magazine in January and readers are invited to vote online for who they believe deserves to win. Three winners then receive a trophy, which is presented in March.

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The importance of asbestos removal when carrying out building work

When it comes to building work, you want the site you are working on to be as safe as possible to prevent accident or injury as a result of working on the site. However, when it comes to asbestos, no one should be taking any risks with it at all. We’re going to be taking a look at why you should be very careful when it comes to dealing with asbestos on a building site, and the importance of removing it safely.

Asbestos - What is it, and why is it dangerous?

To begin with, we should probably take a look at asbestos, and what makes it such a terrible thing for people to be in contact with. The asbestos that you’ll come to know about is a set of fibres. These threads are incredibly robust and durable when they’re in large clumps, and they are also very resistant to heat. These properties were first used by people many years ago to build houses and buildings with them, and the fibres were used as a way to strengthen the structural integrity of the house itself. 

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Mobile Mini Wakefield branch doubles in size

The Wakefield branch of Mobile Mini, a leading hirer of portable site accommodation and secure storage containers has doubled in size, signalling the Company's commitment to West Yorkshire.

The expansion comes after a period of significant growth within the West Yorkshire area for the Company, which has 16 branches nationwide, from Glasgow to Southampton.

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Charcon supplies award winning garden at the National Memorial Arboretum

Charcon, the commercial hard landscaping division of Aggregate Industries, has supplied the Institute of Quarrying with quality commercial flag paving and kerbs to the award winning IQ Quarry Garden at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The multiple award winning garden featured at this year’s RHS Chatsworth Flower Show and was designed by garden expert Paul Hervey-Brookes. It won Best In Show, Best Construction and a Gold Medal. The garden has now been reimagined to fit a bespoke space just inside the entrance to the National Memorial Arboretum. 

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Finn Geotherm scoops national award for flagship heating project

A district heating project installed by Attleborough-based Finn Geotherm has won a prestigious industry trophy at the national Heating & Ventilating Review (HVR) Awards 2017. The installation undertaken for housing association Flagship Group has been crowned Sustainable Project of the Year.

The HVR Awards 2017 celebrate innovation in the building services sector. The awards recognise and reward companies across the country that demonstrate excellence in their field, outstanding technology or exceptional customer service and true innovation in the way they operate or in what they produce.

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APS and CABE join forces to save lives on building sites

A ground-breaking initiative designed to make buildings safer for both construction workers and users in the future has been launched by the Association for Project Safety (APS) and the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE).  

The move follows industry-wide action to examine and strengthen further health and safety practices in the wake of the Grenfell tragedy earlier this year.  The initiative also aims to improve the health of construction workers while cutting the number of accidents and injuries which persist in the industry.

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HCL breaks new ground with CSCS fall protection qualification

Fall protection expert, HCL Safety, is setting new standards in fall protection installation safety with the launch of a new CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) recognised qualification.  

As of 1st October 2017, CITB requires that CSCS card applicants need to prove they have the training qualifications required for their job. Working with CITB, HCL Safety has developed and introduced a course dedicated to work at height safety installation for its employees - ‘HCL Fall Arrest Systems Training’. 

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The real cost of poor health and safety on site

Poor health and safety on site can have a massive impact on a business, not only can it damage a site and cost thousands of pounds but it can severely injure workers. 

According to HSE, construction remains a high-risk industry and accounts for a high percentage of fatal and major injuries. In fact, millions of working days are lost due to work-related illness and injury. 

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Rainclear offer choice of 6 colours for steel gutters and downpipes

Galvanised Steel is a great product for gutters and downpipes with stylish looks that are long-lasting -  the colour will not fade or crack. The Infinity Galvanised Steel roofline system comes with a ‘robust’ colour coating in a choice of 5 Colours, Plain Galvanised or Copper - all held in stock at Rainclear Systems for next day delivery.

The demand for steel guttering has never been higher with homeowners and self builders looking for this stylish, high quality rainwater solution at a price tag that is closer to premium uPVC than either heritage Cast Iron or Aluminium.  

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Portobello development gets extensive external brick makeover

Plastic Surgeon, the UK’s leading specialist surface repair firm, has used its skills to enhance the external brickwork of a newly developed retirement living complex in Portobello, Edinburgh. 

The project, Jameson Gate, has been recently developed by McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder. 

Catering for retirement living, the development is aimed at those who are aged over 60 and, as well as providing facilities such as a sunroom and roof terrace, features 20 one-bedroomed apartments and 22 two-bedroomed apartments. Described as ‘luxurious and stylish’, the building is built to a high specification incorporating quality design. 

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