Immigration White Paper shows government is not listening, says FMB

THE Immigration White Paper shows the Government is not listening to the business community as it sets out a post-Brexit immigration system that would devastate the construction industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Commenting on the Immigration White Paper, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The Government seems hell-bent on ignoring the business community when it comes to its immigration policy, as demonstrated by this disastrous White Paper.

The technology helping to prevent construction industry accidents

THE CONSTRUCTION industry continues to thrive throughout the world, with the global market expected to grow in value by 85% to $15.5 trillion (currently valued at £12.2 trillion) by 2030.

Yet while the industry flourishes, one of the biggest issues is that of safety in the workplace, where the number of injuries and fatalities caused by accidents on worksites continues to cause alarm.

In the UK, just over 2.73 million people are employed in construction sector jobs.

Workwear: JCB branded from Progressive Safety Footwear

DESPITE the sunshine here in the south of England, the weather has turned very cold. So, it really is time to dig out the winter work gear, write PETER BRETT.

The prospect of muddy jobsites and cold feet and hands is not one I relish. From November to March I usually prefer the comfort and convenience of working indoors, but we cannot always choose where we work.

‘Big, powerful and a three-year guarantee’: Triton TRA001 Router

THE distinctive shape, colour and operation of Triton routers has always made them look and feel different from the competition, write PETER BRETT.

There are many thousands of happy Triton router users who would be very happy to note the TRA001 heavy duty, 2400 W Dual Mode Router carries on the old Triton traditions.

Snickers Stretch workwear mirrors high street fashion

WHEN I changed from a comfortable pair of well worn-in jeans and donned the new Snickers Workwear AllroundWork Stretch Trousers with holster pockets, they immediately felt like they had always been part of me, write PETER BRETT.

Despite appearing to be a tighter fit on legs and waist, which Snickers call a street-smart style, they had space enough to accommodate easy bending and stretching without constricting anything.

Innovative QUADSAW to save millions of pounds for UK’s electrician trade

QUADSAW, the tool that drills perfect square and rectangular holes, has officially launched.

The innovative drilling product is set to save the construction industry countless hours of labour and, most importantly, hundreds of millions of pounds.

Manufactured in the UK, QUADSAW is a seamless attachment to a power drill that uses patented technology to convert rotary motion into a linear motion – in four planes at once.

Innovation from Spectre Screws

WHEN it comes to woodscrews – or even fastenings in general – we have a bewildering choice nowadays.

The cordless drill driver and modern woodscrews have made what was a chore into a simple job with, usually, much better results than we could have expected 20 years ago, writes PETER BRETT.

Who drills pilot holes these days? Or who greases screws before twisting them in with a big screwdriver like we used to?

M450 Vacuum contains it all - dust and liquids

THERE are a range of dust extractors and vacuums on the market, but what about when dealing with dust and liquid spills, or slurry?
 
The Preparation Group, a leading expert in preparing, polishing and cleaning surfaces, has the M450 model in its fleet, a dual-purpose, heavy-duty dry/wet vac.

With the M450 there is no need for two separate vacuums as it is specifically designed to eradicate dust, with high levels of dust particle containment, yet is equally effective at dealing with liquids.

Wera and the era of the ‘torqueys’

A FLICK through the latest Wera product catalogue will confirm the company is no stranger to the ‘torqueys’ – tools that control the level of torque for tightening various bolts and screws, writes PETER BRETT.

As machines and components have become more advanced, the need to control the levels of torque of various fixings has become very important.

'As tight as you can get it' is not an acceptable procedure when working on a carbon-fibre structure, or on an electronic device that needs a correct torque to maintain electrical contacts.

HiKOKI high performance power tools: a new name - still fantastic products

IT MIGHT seem an unusual way to start a review, but - the three HiKOKI tools I reviewed this month - I can't recommend them enough, writes PETER BRETT.

I was fitting a kitchen for a client when I was offered the choice of some tools to review. I chose the new HiKOKI C3606DA brushless circular saw, the DV36DAX combi drill and the WH36DB impact driver, because they were basic tools most fitting trades would use.

They were all given a thorough workout for several weeks and they did not disappoint on any of the tasks they were given.

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