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Most common risks/hazards: how to create a safer construction site

HSE logoAccording to HSE’s annual health and safety report, during the 2021/22 financial year, 565,000 workers experienced non-fatal injuries at their workplace in Britain. And while fatal accidents decreased to only 123, the construction industry saw the highest number at 30.

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Award-winning Veriforce CHAS launches in Australia

chasvfVeriforce CHAS, the renowned UK-based provider of supply chain risk management services, is excited to announce the launch of CHAS Australia. 

Headquartered in Sydney, this expansion brings the award-winning compliance services of Veriforce CHAS to Australia, providing contractors, clients and material suppliers across the ANZ region with comprehensive support in navigating ever-evolving legislation and increasing regulatory standards. 

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Viridis are delighted to announce they are the new UK distributor for Betterbuxus

viridisBetterbuxus is the trade name for Boxwood hybrids, a range of four hybrid blight resistant Buxus varieties, developed by Herplant BV.

These innovative varieties are marketed exclusively in Europe and the United Kingdom by carefully selected distributors of which Viridis have been selected.

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ASFP releases new and updated technical publications

PR305 New publications 002The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) published several documents in 2023, these included new and updated Advisory Notes (ANs) and Technical Guidance Documents (TGDs). Two new ANs were published and another four updated.

AN 32 covers the Association’s position on the use of BS 476-based fire resistance testing on Eurocode designed structures. This new AN considers the relationship between design codes, test methods and the building regulations. Written just prior to the Government starting the consultation on the future of BS 476 test methods, the text provides assurance for projects in the past and immediate future. However, once the outcome of the Government’s consultation on the future use of BS 476-based testing is clear, this text will need reviewing again.

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David Mosley begins a fresh chapter in his scaffolding career

Dave Mosley headshot smallAfter more than two decades of dedicated service at the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC), we wish a fond farewell to David Mosley as he leaves his role as Director of Training at NASC to take up full time as Managing Director of CISRS. We would like to take this opportunity to thank him for his invaluable contributions to the organisation and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

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NASC expresses significant concern over scaffold collapses during recent high winds

Storm Henk 002NASC remains significantly concerned to see recent incidents involving the collapse of scaffolds and access equipment. While Storm Henk caused disruption in the UK, winter storms such as this are always anticipated and should not ordinarily result in the failures witnessed.

Thankfully, no individuals were injured, however, NASC is disappointed that such incidents undermine the good and steadily improving safety record of the scaffolding and access industry. Whilst NASC can’t comment on these specific incidents, which will be investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it urges all clients and contractors to review their procurement and working at height practices.

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Veriforce CHAS urges businesses to support good mental health in 2024

8JxgndLVeriforce CHAS, the supply chain risk management expert, is encouraging employers to make a habit of addressing mental health in 2024 as new figures indicate that stress, depression or anxiety now account for almost half (49%) of all cases of work-related ill health.

According to the latest data from the HSE, during the 2022/23 period, approximately 875,000 workers experienced work-related stress, depression, or anxiety, resulting in 2,590 cases per 100,000 workers and an estimated loss of 17.1 million working days.

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New Year, new home for the ASFP

PR304 ASFP new home 002The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) is pleased to announce it has moved to its new head office in Coventry. The new building provides the ASFP with greater capacity, enabling it to offer even more support and services to its members.

The new premises, which will be opened in two phases, provide office space, as well as housing the new ASFP training academy. It offers a practical training facility, catering facilities, meeting and break-out/rest areas, and provides a permanent home for the famous ASFPTV.

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McAvoy celebrates award-studded year

LR Alyson Prince Sarah Bradley Clare Envy Gavin Ward Peter Courtney Daniel Owen 002Leading offsite manufacturer, McAvoy,  has garnered significant industry recognition, receiving multiple prestigious awards in quick succession.

Established over 50 years ago, the company has delivered over 10 million square feet of high-quality space across the UK & Ireland to a range of sectors including healthcare, education and commercial. 

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Supply chain risk management issues to look out for in 2024

3YltZDmThe pressure exerted on supply chains in recent years showed no signs of letting up in 2023. Alex Minett, Head of Global New Markets at Veriforce CHAS (pictured), looks at seven issues likely to feature highly in the next 12 months and suggests how businesses can respond.

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Forterra employees awarded for outstanding achievements

Forterra Ed Storer receiving the Keith FR Morton award 002On 19th December leading building products manufacturer Forterra saw two of its employees receive prestigious awards during an event hosted by the International Clay Technology Association (ICT/ICTa) Education and Training Trust which provides training for the clayware sector.

The event, which was held at Forterra’s new Desford factory, saw Production Manager Ed Storer receive the Keith FR Morton Award, and University Student and Process and Reliability Engineer Nia Lewis receive the Clay Drying and Firing Student Award.

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