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Avoid asbestos dangers and prosecution urges NAPIT

As we approach World Day for Health and Safety at Work on 28 April, asbestos health and safety failings are still commonplace, with a number of court cases arising in March. In response to this, NAPIT are urging installers to make sure they are aware when it comes to the hidden killer.

Three cases stood out and were recorded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE): On 19 March, a Bath building contractor was fined a total of £5,000 and ordered to pay costs of £637 after exposing two of its employees to asbestos dust while working at a residential property in the city. On 31 March, a Portsmouth demolition firm was fined a total of £500 with £1,000 in costs after stripping more than 50 metres of potentially-deadly asbestos board without a license and potentially putting workers at risk.

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As asbestos compensation figure improves, will training follow suit?

This week the government announced that the compensation awarded for people who are suffering from mesothelioma and lung cancer, as the result of asbestos exposure, will rise to an average of £123,000.

With the issue very much in the news, Eddie Strong (pictured), Chairman of UKATA (The UK Asbestos Training Association) has issued a reminder to those operating in the construction industry of the dangers of asbestos and how proper training might prevent them from suffering from these fatal diseases in the future. 

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Inaugural CISRS instructors conference in Norfolk

CISRS will be running an inaugural Instructors Conference this weekend, at the historic NCC East Training Centre at Bircham Newton, near King’s Lynn in Norfolk. NCC East was the very first scaffolding training centre to be given CISRS accredatation over 40 years ago.

More than 40 delegates invited from the UK’s top 27 training centres have signed up to this new event, which takes place on Friday 14th and Saturday 15th March.

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His Royal Highness The Duke of York Visits Leeds College of Building

The Duke of York visited Leeds College of Building this week to meet students and urge SMEs to take on apprentices, which coincided with National Apprenticeship Week.

The Duke also unveiled the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Apprenticeship Challenge during a speech to SMEs. His Royal Highness told the audience that businesses can inspire young people by giving them a chance to develop and take pride in a skill, adding that has wider benefits for communities. He said that young people cannot gain experience and work skills if businesses are not prepared to offer that opportunity in the first place, and challenged employers to take on an apprentice. 

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Taylor Wimpey highlights importance of apprenticeships

Taylor Wimpey is marking National Apprenticeship Week, Monday 3 to Friday 7 March, by emphasising the need to address an industry skills shortage through investment in the next generation of home-builders.

Taylor Wimpey plc is pleased to support the initiative, and introduced a new site management apprenticeship scheme last year. So far, six new apprentices have been recruited by Taylor Wimpey for this new scheme and the company aims to attract around 100 new recruits to the scheme by the end of 2015.

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