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Wunda Group underfloor heating

Save money with underfloor heating.

Paul Simmonds, Digital Marketing Manager of Wunda Group, explains how Underfloor heating helps homeowners take back power on energy costs.There’s a lot to be said about waking up on a cold...
Amy Webb

Amy Webb: "The future of the built environment is most certainly green."

by Amy Webb, Trainee Sustainable Engineer at building services design consultancy Whitecode Design Associates    I always knew I wanted to work in sustainability. My appreciation for...
Worktop Fabricators Federation

Guidance for working through the current lockdown comes from the WFF.

The Worktop Fabricators Federation (WFF) has passed on a fresh warning to its members in the face of the new year lockdown to make sure their covid precautions are up to date. Secretary General...
Brevik plant in Norway

HeidelbergCement's Brevik plant in Norway, where it plans to have the world's first full-scale cement carbon capture & storage facility up and running in 2024.

HeidelbergCement plans to have the world's first full-scale cement carbon capture & storage facility up and running at its Brevik plant in Norway in 2024. Funding for the project is...
Gillian Keegan

Gillian Keegan, the Government Minister for Apprenticeships & Skills: “This report is a welcome step in the right direction, acting as a handbook for main contractors on how to decarbonise their businesses and their supply chains."

The National Federation of Builders’ Major Contractors Group has armed main contractors with practical tools for accelerating a move towards achieving net zero carbon with the publication of a...
Vibration

£80,000 fine after four employees suffer hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS).

The latest fine for exposing workers to the risk of the debilitating and painful condition of hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS) has earned the employer an £80,000 fine with £5,293.10...
1 December 2020 | Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental | 2 Comments
A man has died at West Midlands worktop company Graniteland after stone slabs fell on him. The incident happened at the Graniteland premises on Lyde Green, Halesowen, at about 3.20pm on Monday...
A company has been fined £24,000 and ordered to pay £1,412.24 in costs after an employee cut his face when an angle grinder kicked-back. The cutting disc caused a deep...
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111 fatal injuries at work (40 in construction) 693,000 non-fatal injuries (61,000 in construction) 1.6million working people suffering from a work-related illness (81,000 in construction)...
PM Johnson

The Prime Minister announcing the government's change of mind about a national lockdown on television on Saturday night (31 October).

After weeks of saying it will not happen, the government plans to return to a national lockdown in England, at the same time extending the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the furlough) for another...
HSE Covid Video

HSE Inspectors are visiting work places to ensure the risk of spreading Covid-19 has been assessed and acted upon. The video below tells you more about the spot-checks planned.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) is carrying out spot checks and inspections on all types of businesses in all areas to ensure they are Covid-secure.In October HSE has been checking workplaces...
A transport company has been fined £5,000 after an agency driver died following a pallet of stone tiles he was delivering falling on him.High Wycombe Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 23...
Dust campdown

HSE is clamping down on dust with inspections focusing on the construction industry in October.

25 September 2020 | Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental | 2 Comments
Health & Safety Executive Inspectors across Great Britain will be targeting construction firms during a month-long inspection initiative starting on Monday 5 October. They are focusing on dust in...
Canterbury Cathedral stonemasons

One of the stonemasonry workshops at Canterbury Cathedral, where the number of people employed is to be cut back.

Cathedral stonemasons are becoming a casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.There are 10 cathedrals that have their own stonemasonry workshops in the Cathedral Workshop Fellowship, the original nine...
Stone Cladding

Draft changes to BS 8298-4 are now out for consultation. You have until the end of the month (31 August) to comment on the proposals.

BS 8298 is one of the more useful British Standards as far as the stone industry is concerned, offering guidance on the use of stone for cladding buildings. Part 4 of the standard is currently being...

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