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Limestone quarries and stonemasons are always wondering how to reduce the amount of waste they have to dispose of. One solution might be to turn it into paper. 

Paper made from limestone and resin - that's one way of recycling waste.

Following President Trump's imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminium, quartz manufacturer Cambria, partnered in the UK by

Cambria's stand at KBB at the NEC, Birmngham, this year where the company exhibited with the support of its UK partner, Granite Granite. Cambria is seeking tariffs on cheap Chinese quartz imports to the USA.

English Heritage wants stonemasons involved in conservation and heritage work to register with it in order to tender for its projects on 

Need a vacuum lift? You could get one free from On Point Engineering simply by entering the company's competition.

You could win a Manzelli BAS 3PN vacuum lift like this - just click here.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) says it has anecdotal evidence that snow contributed to a 3% fall in construction output in February compared with the same month a year earlier - the bigge

Construction output fell 3% in February.

Watch out when using ladders. A Bradford window installation company has just been fined £850,000 with £1,083 costs after an employee fell 3m from a ladder that was not footed or tied in place.

Be carful how you use ladders. After an employee was injured in a 3m fall from an unsecured ladder a company has been fined £850,000 for a health & safety breach.

In the previous issue of this magazine there was a report on the outcome of a Fatal Accident Enquiry in Scotland following the death of an eight-year-old boy after a piece of stone from an old memo

David Francis.

Ireland has announced a budget of €2million for the Built Heritage Investment Scheme (BHIS) this year, which it has allocated to help with the repair and conservation of 370 heritage buildings.

At Risk. Mallow Castle is one of 76 buildings receiving support from Ireland's Structures at Risk Fund this year.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Almost 50% of Stone Federation’s members work in the conservation and restoration sector, which plays a large part in the overall natural stone arena.

As 2020 looms closer I have been thinking that surely this is going to be a year exploited by the nation’s opticians. So far I have been disappointed.

Mark Priestman.