Essential e-learning launched to beat construction-related occupational cancers

THE Considerate Constructors Scheme has announced a new e-learning course ‘Occupational Cancers’, designed to help the construction industry’s workforce to improve its understanding of occupational cancer risks and how to mitigate them.

With 40% of all deaths from occupational cancers arising within the construction industry, the need to support the workforce in this area has never been so critical.

'Cut VAT on home improvements to boost economy', says FMB

THE Federation of Master Builders (FMB) is calling for the Government to cut the VAT on home improvement work following official data from the ONS published today.

While there has been a rise in output over the first quarter of the year, construction output decreased month-on-month by 1.9% and the repair and maintenance series fell to its lowest level since December 2018, experiencing a fall of 3.1% compared to the previous month. 

Trime UK is with Glendun Plant at the Balmoral Show

DUNGANNON'S Glendun Plant Sales are ready to display two examples from the Trime UK range of lighting and dust suppression equipment.

Glendun Plant will showcase the Trime products alongside their expanding scope of supply at the Balmoral Show, which is Northern Ireland's largest agricultural event. The show is set for 15 to 18 May and held at Balmoral Park, Halftown Rd, Sprucefield.

The British Safety Council launches mental wellbeing videos

AHEAD of Mental Health Awareness Week (13 – 19 May), it is still true to say that mental health is considered the poor relation of physical health. Too many people are suffering in silence while at work.

The British Safety Council is urging employers to make changes in the workplace that address mental wellbeing and is offering employees practical tools to help them deal with stress and anxiety at work.

Businesses urged to promote sun safety for Sun Awareness Week

THOUSANDS of skin cancer cases in the UK could be prevented if businesses develop ‘sun safety strategies’, the leading chartered body for health and safety professionals have warned.

At least 1,500 new cases of non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and 240 new cases of malignant melanoma linked to solar ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure at work are diagnosed in Britain each year.

But 90% of all skin cancer deaths can be prevented if businesses – and their employees – take proper precautions.

Master Abrasives appointed UK representatives for RK Systems

MASTER Abrasives is now offering vibro-balancing equipment by RK Systems as their new representative in the UK.

RK Systems is a manufacturer in Poland that develops and produces measurement and data acquisition systems such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, universal device programmers and systems for dynamic rotor balancing. The VibroDAQ is a professional measurement system for balancing and vibration measurements which can be used in various industries involved in maintenance of mechanical equipment in different types of companies. 

Amazing achievements celebrated at hire awards ceremony

BUSINESSES in the hire industry have been advised to keep up with Brexit preparations, whatever the outcome following the extension of Article 50, to ensure that vital supplies for construction projects in the UK remain in place and to sustain the growth that the multibillion-pound equipment rental market is currently enjoying.

Home security specialist ERA acquires Y-cam

ERA, THE UK’s leading home security specialist, has purchased British smart security pioneer Y-cam.

The acquisition will make ERA one of the most advanced and capable providers of smart security solutions for the home.

Y-cam’s proprietary cloud platform, alongside its range of award-winning security cameras, alarms and sensors, will bring ERA unrivalled expertise in the sector and substantial potential for further growth.

Mind launches new toolkit for workplace wellbeing in construction

THE mental health charity Mind has added a new toolkit for the construction sector, which can be found at the Mental Health at Work website. This UK-wide initiative allows all types of employers and employees to access free tools, advice and information – all in one place.

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