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DSWA calendar

The Dry Stone Walling Association calendar for 2020 can be bought from the organisation's website. 

16 November 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Dry Stone Walling Association has once again published a calendar for the coming year featuring dry stone walls from around the country. The calendars are £6.50 each. To buy a copy click...

Most companies producing sandstone masonry in the UK understand the risk from silica dust and take appropriate precautions. The same is not always true in the worktop market, especially outside the factory environment when fixing.

Throughout October the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) once again targeted construction sites with an inspection initiative focussing in particular on measures in place to protect workers from...
Bridge saw

Is it safe? HSE will visit dimensional stone quarries in the new year to see if its guidelines on bridge saw safety are being followed.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is planning to visit dimensional stone quarries in the new year to check its guidance on guards for bridge saws is being followed.HSE says working close to...

£600,000 fine for HAVS offences.

Another company where employees were not protected from vibration that led to Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) has been prosecuted by HSE. It has been fined £600,000 and ordered to pay costs...

Annette Godfrey with slabs of Ceralsio and CRL Quartz in her new role as European Marketing Manager for American company CR Laurence at its European headquarters near Manchester.

The UK arm of American company CR Laurence, which includes CRL Stone, has appointed Annette Godfrey as European Marketing Manager.The Americans moved into the UK in 2009 as a base for expansion into...
Colour coded

Saw blades from Zambelis are now colour coded so it is easier to identify the one you need for the material you are using.

7 November 2019 | Equipment
Dimitri Zambelis, who gives his name to the machinery, tools and consumables supplier D Zambelis in Essex, used to work in the marble industry. That gives him an advantage when it comes to selecting...
Big Issue vendor

David Willett's Big Issue vendor in magnesian limestone will be making its way on to York Minster - without the sunglasses and headphones.

1 November 2019 | Stone Projects
The Big Issue magazine and a depiction of one of the homeless people it helps support is making its way on to York Minster.The new Big Issue grotesque has been carved by Minster stonemason Dave...

The construction industry is getting behind a new scheme designed to simplify and strengthen the construction prequalification process.

A prequalification scheme for the construction industry, the Common Assessment Standard, introduced in May has had a positive response from the industry. According to CHAS  (...
Construction fatalities

30 people died in the construction industry in 2018-19, half of them as a result of falling from height.

Half of all construction companies surveyed have identified difficult customers as a psychological workplace risk they face.Other psychological risks identified include time pressure, long and...

Tom Parker is the new Chairman of Pavestone while Krystal Williams becomes Managing Director of the landscape division.

The board of hard landscaping group Pavestone has announced the appointment today (28 October) of Tom Parker as its new Group Chairman, replacing Peter Smythe, who is retiring after 17 years.Tom, the...

The Health & Safety Executive has updated its guidance on hand-arm vibration and its vibration calculator spreadsheet.

There was another fine for exposing workers to vibration injuries resulting in Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) in September. This time it was of £100,000, with prosecution costs of £28...

Lorenzo Palmeri's 'Gerico' hit the right note with the Icon judges in Verona.

Credit: Digitalmovie for Marmomac 2019

25 October 2019 | Events
We often talk about stone being in harmony with its surroundings and Lorenzo Palmeri has given that a literal translation in 'Gerico',  his contribution to the Italian Stone Theatre at...

With its quarry restoration programmes the minerals extraction industry makes a significant contribution to biodiversity in the UK, as these award-winning projects demonstrate. On the left is Aggregate Industries' Ripon City Quarry and on the right Tarmac's Broom Quarry.

24 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
The Mineral Products industry is uniquely placed to deliver biodiversity net gain and has a track record of leaving better conditions for wildlife than before quarrying began. That was the conclusion...
Belgium Blue

SigmaRoc is buying what is said to be the largest Belgium Blue limestone quarry.

AIM-quoted buy-and-build construction materials group SigmaRoc has entered into a provisional share-purchase agreement to buy CDH Développement SA, the holding company of Carrières du Hainaut SCA and...
Modern Slavery

Arrests follow CITB raids on HS&E test centres. Staff are suspected of taking money for giving candidates, some illegal immigrants in modern slavery, the right answers to enable them to work on UK construction sites.

21 October 2019 | Market Intelligence
Three men involved in the delivery of CITB HS&E tests have been arrested for Fraud Act offences. They are suspected of taking money in order to supply the right answers to candidates, including...