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Going Forward - Grenfell Tower Fire

We have all seen the news about the tragic events regarding Grenfell Tower. Sadly it takes an event like this to make government start shouting at landlords, housing associations and councils to 'get their fire safety checks done'. The upshot is that many buildings like Grenfell are now under scrutiny; some of these buildings have undergone refurbishments where, it's been suggested, poor quality (less fire resistant) construction materials have been used. The consequence of this is that they will...
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Working From Height - That Old Chestnut

Working at height still accounts for a large proportion of accidents within the construction industry. However we do seem to be getting better at safety as is highlighted by the NASC 2017 Safety Report. Scaffolding and the use of MEWP's to carry out work at height has meant less accidents on site when complying with the industry safety standards, SG4:15. That said, we still have a way to go with training standards and the delivery of courses to support our scaffolders. It is nice to see that progress...
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CSCS Card Update

With more and more fraudulent practices in place within the building industry we note that there is hope! The National Demolition Training Group can now provide an on-site smart card audit. The audit is carried out by CECA and Build UK. This is not the only area that has fallen ill of these types of fraud, however it is great to see that there are those who offer this service. Making sure, at a minimum, that all the cards checked are still valid (not expired) and that none were fraudulent. Additionally...
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FREE Application Development Forum - 8th November 2017

Ai Solutions are pleased to announce that the long awaited, next Application Development Forum (ADF) is scheduled for Wednesday 8th November 2017 at our offices in Leighton Buzzard, 9:30-1pm. This is a very special event where we tell our customers about our future development plans. We have new products that are about to go 'live' and we want our customers to be the first to see them! This event is also an opportunity for our customers to tell us what they need out of the systems we produce,...
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FREE Customer Workshop - 20th September 2017

Once again Ai Solutions are offering a free workshop for our ToolKit CS customers and users on Wednesday 20th September 2017, 9:30-1pm at our offices in Leighton Buzzard. As usual this type of event is specifically designed to support and help our customers. We have always had excellent feedback from these types of event in the past and look forward to meeting our end users. For this workshop we will be focusing on showing our new development of Toolkit CS and giving end users the opportunity to...
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Election 2017 - What Changes in Health and Safety?

With the election looming, all the major parties have produced their manifestos. These manifestos all include health and safety, so what can we look forward to after the elections in regard to health, safety and employment? Labour Party Pledged to work with the Health and Safety Executive Committee to introduce mandatory workplace risk assessments for pregnant workers and review the support offered to women in work who have suffered miscarriage. Say they will "crack down on unscrupulous...
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Women in Health and Safety

The Women in Health and Safety network was established in 2015 in order to provide a space for women in the health and safety profession to network, engage with one another and share best practice. After launching with one event at Safety & Health Expo, SHP realised there was a real appetite in the health and safety profession for this network. The following year they ran a number of smaller, regional events across the country, in Edinburgh, London, Leicester and Birmingham. When is the...
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Premier League Development

Exciting times are ahead within construction as many of the premier league clubs are finding funds for new stadiums and upgrading stadium development. With the trend being more the 'American Model', football clubs are focusing on hospitality areas as this seems to be where the money is at. With fine dining and large lounges where you can meet and eat before a match, plus built in high specification hotels, the aim is to further expand and develop the sites to become more hospitality orientated. SHP...
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Training States of Jersey

Ai Solutions have been out and about recently. One of the team visited the States of Jersey last week to train their staff in CDM ToolKit CS. The States of Jersey take compliance very seriously and their Infrastructure team have recently purchased ToolKit CS to help them better manage their CDM projects. Jersey has its own set of regulations, CDM 2016 and ToolKit has been designed around them. Additionally the knowledge base that is part of what Ai Solutions delivers, has also been updated to include...
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Construction is Blooming!

So the first quarter is over and Spring is in the air within the construction industry. According to two of the latest surveys from Markit and CIPS, infrastructure and housebuilding projects are driving overall growth within the industry. So is this good news? We would like to think so, however there are still concerns over the skills shortage. With prime minister Theresa May this week committing to HS2 and work on Hinkley Point C well under way, there remains plenty of opportunity in the infrastructure...
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