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Back to work

Back to work must not mean back to normal. When sites re-open observe the Site Operating Procedures and keep 2m apart as much as possible. If you can't, wear a mask and wash or sanitise your hands frequently.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson spoke publicly on Monday 27 April for the first time since leaving hospital after being treated for the Covid-19 infection. He said the lock-down must continue....
Jobs Retention Scheme extended

The Coronavirus Jobs Retention Scheme has been extended for an extra month.

The government’s offer to meet 80% of furloughed employees' pay up to a maximum of £2,500 a month has been extended by a month to the end of June.It was originally intended to span a...
Keep your distance

The Construction Leadership Council has published its third Site Operating Procedures guidance. It says people should keep 2m apart as much as possible and wear masks if they can't.

Following the brief appearance of the Construction Leadership Council's second Site Operating Procedures at the beginning of the month (rapidly withdrawn because they would have shut most sites...

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy has issued new guidelines on social distancing in the workplace to try to keep companies working.

The government's advice on whether you should continue working or not during the Covid-19 shut-down has been anything but clear or consistent, but we are all facing a situation we have not...
Wellbeing workshops for construction

Free online Wellbeing Workshops for those in construction start on 16 April.

Feeling down? A lot of people are. Calls to the Lighthouse charity's Construction Industry Helpline have increased by 25% over the past 10 days. If you want the Helpline, call 0345 505 1956...
This is an extremely worrying time for firms and workers. We know many workers, union reps and employers have questions and concerns about safe working – especially for those continuing to work...
Coronavirus feedback

Share your experience of the pandemic with others in the stone industry.

Still working? Self-isolating? On furlough? Share your experience by leaving a comment below.Alok Sharma, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, has praised the...
Jane Buxey, Chief Executive of Stone Federation Great Britain

Jane Buxey, Chief Executive of Stone Federation Great Britain: "I truly believe we are stronger together,"

A message from Jane Buxey, Chief Executive of Stone Federation Great Britain: In the middle of these unprecedented times we at the Stone Federation wanted to assure all members that we are still...

Italy is closing down all production from 22 March for two weeks.

Italy, where hundreds of people are now dying every day from Cornovirus Covid-19, is shutting down production for a fortnight from tomorrow (Monday 23 March) in order to try to beat the pandemic.A...
Stone Federation logo

Stone Federation joins industry lobby of government to address Coronavirus issues for stone companies.

19 March 2020 | Health, Safety, Ethical & Environmental | 2 Comments
Free Legal Advice for MembersAs part of the Stone Federation Business Support service, Members (and you must be a Member) can access free legal advice. This can cover anything related to the impacts...
Safety Climate

Is the health & safety culture of your company up to scratch? Check it out with the Health & Safety Executive Safety Climate Tool.

If you employ people you presumably already know you have a legal duty to assess their working conditions and protect them from harm*.People you employ also have a responsibility for their own health...

This is Stoneworld's premises in Great Milton, Oxfordshire, where the Pelligrini wire saw was being installed when it toppled on to an employee.

Two companies have been found guilty of health & safety failings after a worker was badly injured when a five-tonne Pelligrini wire saw being installed toppled and hit him. Stoneworld (...
Airelimestones joins the Ethical Stone Register

Portuguese stone company Airelimestones has become the latest company to join the Ethical Stone Register.

Portuguese limestone and marble company Airelimestones has joined the Ethical Stone Register.The Register was established by Stone Federation Great Britain in response to the Modern Slavery Act 2015...
Caesarstone website

The new Master of Stone website from Caesarstone.

In the light of concerns, especially in America and Australia, about silicosis among stone workers fabricating engineered quartz worktops, Caesarstone has launched a new website for fabricators...
Fairhurst Stone

Fairhurst Stone is fined £50,000 as the result of a delivery lorry hitting overhead power cables.

Fairhurst Stone Merchants in Settle, North Yorkshire, has been fined £50,000 after a delivery vehicle made contact with an uninsulated overhead electric power line. The same thing had happened...