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Sitemaster Building Software – Floor Plans Measured Building Surveys As Builts

February 27th, 2010 Comments off

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Lighting Masts & Towers for Hire

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

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Two workmen die in accidents within hours of each other on Forth Bridge and Tay Bridge

February 25th, 2010 Comments off

TWO workmen have died after falling from railway bridges in Scotland within hours of each other. One man plunged 150ft from a ladder on the Forth Bridge and the other fell from a ladder on the Tay Bridge. Police named who died in the Forth Bridge fall as 52-year-old Robert MacDonald, of Baillie Avenue, Harthill, West Lothian, and the Tay Bridge victim as David Rodger, 44, from Cowdenbeath.

2 Workers die on Forth Bridge

Mr MacDonald was a member of the painting team working on the north side of the bridge, which connects South and North Queensferry near Edinburgh, when he fell just before 9pm on Wednesday.  He landed on scaffolding and died at the scene.

In the second accident less than 10 hours later, Mr Rodger fell around 6ft from a ladder on to a ledge under the Tay rail bridge at around 6.40am today.

Police, paramedics and the coastguard were involved in both rescue efforts. A British Transport Police spokeswoman said: “Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death are ongoing. A report will be sent to the local procurator fiscal.”

Both men were working as contractors for Network Rail.

David Simpson, Network Rail route director for Scotland, said: “It is with great sadness that we have received news of the deaths of two of our contractors who were working on the Forth and Tay bridges. “These tragic events have deeply shocked and saddened everyone linked to these projects. “Such events have become extremely rare in the last decade as a result of rigorous safety regimes on both bridges. An investigation into the causes of these accidents is already under way.

“Our thoughts today are with the family, friends and co-workers of these two men.” Rail accident investigators had been informed, police said.

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Tradesmen warned about dangerous ladders

February 24th, 2010 Comments off

Public liability insurance  holders have been told about the dangers of using unfit ladders, after the death of a Lancashire builder.

Builder fell from unsecured ladder

DC Kennedy Homes was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after Ian Smith, 64, was killed following a fall from height.

The firm, from Ladybridge, Bolton, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and was fined £7,500 with additional costs of £7,500.

Manchester Crown Court heard that Mr Smith was working on a project to build six new semi-detached houses on Easedale Road when he fell five metres to the ground.

An investigation by the HSE found that DC Kennedy Homes had allowed work to be carried out on the first and second floors of the house before the stairs were fitted, with the ladder used to reach the second floor not properly secured and also missing its rubber feet.

Last year, Alan Sheldon, HSE inspector, warned firms that if in doubt about working practices, they should consult guidance which the body had produced over the years about how to work at height safely.

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Razor Deck 200 – Non-Powered Access for Hire

February 24th, 2010 Comments off

The UGo Razor Deck 200 is a lightweight yet robust low level work platform that’s easy to operate saves time reduces labour and minimises injury risk.

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Construction builds up work in Wales

February 23rd, 2010 Comments off

CONSTRUCTION in Wales performed better than the rest of the UK in the final quarter of 2009, according to latest research.

The data, compiled by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, found the sector in Wales did better than every other UK region and nation.

Rics’ survey found that all other regions reported a decrease in workloads in Q4, with 12% more chartered surveyors reporting a decline compared to a rise.

However, Wales saw 20% more chartered surveyors reporting a rise in workload compared to a fall.

Looking forward, overall expectations for workloads, employment and profits for the next 12 months are all fairly downbeat.

Workload expectations for future activity deteriorate with an equal number of surveyors expecting a rise or a fall – this compares drastically to Q3 when 50% of chartered surveyors anticipated an increase than a decrease in workloads.

Similarly, an equal number of surveyors reported an anticipated rise or a fall in employment, but worryingly profit expectations decreased. A balance of 50% more chartered surveyors reported a drop in profit expectations compared to 33% in Q3.

This shows that profit margins are being squeezed as competition for the limited amount of work on offer intensifies. Two common themes identified by surveyors that are hampering future activity are general election uncertainty and a continued lack of development finance.

Cathy McLean, director of Rics Wales, said: “It is very positive news for Wales that it outperformed the rest of the UK in Q4 and this would have been a welcome boost for the industry at a difficult time of year.

“A lot of that increased workload was driven by public sector development and with a general election approaching, it is not surprising that expectations for future workload is uncertain and stalling new projects. The Q4 figures may have been positive, but looking forward the evidence shows that the construction sector has not yet emerged from the effects of the recession.”

The Construction Market Survey showed that 43% of chartered surveyors reported a rise than a fall in public sector workload (housing and non-housing) in Q4 compared to 20% in Q3.

In comparison, the private sector workload decreased in Q4 where 14% more chartered surveyors reported a fall than a rise in private sector commercial workload.

In Q3, 20% more chartered surveyors reported a rise. In the private industrial sector, 14% more chartered surveyors reported an increase in workload in Q4, compared to 25% in Q3.

An equal amount of chartered surveyors reported a rise as they did a fall in the private housing and infrastructure sectors.

Simon Rubinsohn, Rics chief economist, added: “The acceleration of capital spending programmes seems to be faltering and our members’ perception is this is due to more caution being exhibited by the Government in the approach to the general election.

“Coupled with the fact that development finance is still in very limited supply, this sector is likely to remain locked in recession for at least the first half of this year.”

John Antoniazzi, partner at Deloitte in South Wales, said: “The real question is when will the private sector consider that the demand for property is sufficiently stabilised for them to turn their order tap back on?”

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Aluminium Towers for Hire

February 22nd, 2010 Comments off

National Tool Hire Shops has a vast selection of access and support products for hire. If you require a stairway, Narrow or standard width tower we have the right products for you. We also specialise in fibreglass towers and bridging tower systems. read more…

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Mandelson says Dubai Running Out Of Time On Debts

February 22nd, 2010 Comments off

U.K. business secretary Peter Mandelson Sunday urged Dubai to reach an agreement to settle its debts, or risk its reputation with investors as details of a potential deal between creditors and troubled conglomerate Dubai World emerged. “Time is running out,” Mandelson told delegates at a lunch hosted for British business in the emirate. “The current uncertainties and lack of agreement can’t go on for much longer

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Approved Bristol City FC’s new £60m stadium

February 18th, 2010 Comments off

bristolDecision over 30,000-seat stadium now rests with the secretary of state

Bristol City FC’s new £60m stadium has received a “minded to approve” verdict from the local council’s planning committee and has now been referred to the secretary of state who will decide whether to call in the application or not.

With Bristol being named as one of 12 potential host cities as part of England’s 2018 bid, the new stadium will have a 30,000 capacity which could be expanded to 42,000 if England hosts the World Cup in 2018.

Capita Symonds is providing project and cost management.

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Driveway swallows woman

February 18th, 2010 Comments off

hole_in_driveWelsh fire crew rescues victim who fell into 8m hole after concrete collapsed under her feet

A woman in Deeside, Wales, has fell into an 8m-deep hole in her driveway after the concrete gave way beneath her.

Firefighters were called to the scene yesterday and used rope rescue equipment to pull her out of the hole, which was full of water. Attempts at rescue with a ladder failed as it would not reach the bottom of the hole.

The woman was treated at the scene by paramedics but did not required hospital treatment.

Peter Griffith, fire crew watch manager at White Watch Deeside, said: “Crews bridged a ladder across the hole and were able to secure a rope around the woman and pull her to safety.

“The lady involved reported that the concrete on her driveway gave way as she walked and she fell into the cavity beneath. Firefighters worked extremely well together at this unusual incident and helped to reassure the woman who was cold, wet and understandably very frightened.”

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