Archive November 2012

£200m London School Improvement Up For Grabs

The London Borough of Hillingdon is looking for contractors to build and improve several schools in the borough. up to 15 schools. There will be a 'framework' of firms to complete the works over four years. Firms have until 7 January to register their interest at procure4london.com using access code 29HB5FM3PD or contact Mark Holmes on 0189 555 8396. For more on this article visit buildingproducts.co.uk
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Lancashire builder risked lives on scaffolding

A Lancashire builder has appeared in court after he ignored a formal warning to stop working at the top of a dangerous scaffolding tower. The HSE Inspector could see there were no handrails or toe boards around the platform at the top of the tower to protect the workers from falling some seven metres to the ground. He immediately issued a Prohibition Notice ordering the men to come down from the unsafe scaffolding. For more on this article see HSE Press
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Firms fined after crane crashed down on building site

The HSE have prosecuted two companies after a serious failure in communications led to an 80 tonne mobile crane toppling over, narrowly missing workmen and a busy road. The incident happened on a building site in Fernbrook Road, Gillingham, on 18 August 2009 during construction of a new nursing home. The HSE's investigation found the lift itself was carried out unsafely as the crane was overloaded and being operated on poor ground. As a result the 80-tonne crane overturned and its extended 50 metre...
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HSE Online F10: What are your views?

Our customers and other readers will be interested to know that we have been discussing the online F10 Notification form with the HSE recently. We have approached them as we believe that, based on feedback from our customers and readers, the online form has its downsides. We have offered them some feedback which was well received and now we would like to involve our readers in the debate. The HSE Online Forms team are in the process of reviewing their current forms and would like further feedback.
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Injured Builder Hoisted by Crane

Interesting use of a crane: The BBC report that an injured worker at a Birmingham building site had to be lifted more than 75ft (23m) by a crane in order to get him to an ambulance. The man, in his 50s, hurt his back and leg when a cherry picker overturned at Frankley Water Treatment Works on Monday. The man was taken to hospital with another worker who was also injured. For more on this story see BBC News    
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Newsletter - November 2012

The November 2012 edition of the Ai Solutions Newsletter is now available: November Newsletter.
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Fall In Affordable Housing

We understand that the shadow Labour's Shadow Housing Minister Jack Dromey has slammed the Government's performance on housing after the latest affordable housing figures demonstrated a decline in delivery. The recently publicized figures show a progressive decline in the delivery of affordable housing over sequential years. Is this a sign of the times? Obviously we are still in the throws of a recession and this is just another symptom of, what is continuing to be, a decline in construction in...
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Scaffolding Serious Hazard

After recently reading about a scaffolder that has, very sadly, lost part of brain in fall from a scaffold we thought we would remind our readers about the serious hazards regarding scaffolding. The HSE has an FAQ about scaffolding on their web site and there are guidelines available that you can follow. Although it is too late for this unfortunate man we need to understand the seriousness of allowing untrained staff access to such dangerous structures. If not competent the worker should be supervised...
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Illegal Asbestos Removal

Once again the HSE is fining an organisation in regard to illegal asbestos removal. A demolition firm has been prosecuted after exposing its own workers to dangerous asbestos fibres and illegally removing asbestos waste from a property in Gloucester. The firm undertook an asbestos survey before demolishing the building showing it contained a quantity of Asbestos Insulating Board. The company did not hold the necessary licence to carry out the asbestos removal and failed to take adequate steps to...
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Happy Birthday Callsafe Services

One of our long term partners, Callsafe Services, is celebrating their 25th anniversary. The company originally formed by Bruce Calder, now owned and managed by Dave Carr, has been providing health and safety services to the construction industry for many years, being incorporated as Callsafe Services Limited in October 1987. Dave works with Ai Solutions and provides CDM training and Health & Safety support / Guidance. The team at Ai Solutions send our best wishes to Dave and his team...
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London Airport Investment Programme

London City airport has announced a £15m improvement programme. This year the airport celebrated its millionth flight, welcomed its 36 millionth passenger and hosted an anniversary visit from the Queen. Declan Collier, chief executive, said: "With the investment we've announced today and further infrastructure work over the next three years, we can reach our permitted capacity, maintain our high standards and absorb some European air traffic from other airports in the South East that are beginning...
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Green is Good For Growth

The TUC has held a conference recently, with some interesting key speakers. The thrust was about a "green is good for growth" and the belief that a low-carbon future can create sustainable growth. Ai Solutions supports this theory; we believe that as a country we need to make provision for the future of our children. We can do this is by re-thinking "how" we build, utilizing new technologies and ensuring the government invests in a greener future. If you are interested in this article then visit...
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HSE Latest Figures for Ill Health and Injury

The HSE has now published the latest figures for ill-health and injury on their web site. The figures show a slight fall in key areas between April 2011 and March 2012. So is this good news? Judith Hackitt believes so and states that "Any reduction in the number of people being injured or made unwell by their jobs should be welcomed. Given the challenging economic conditions which many sectors have faced in recent years it is particularly encouraging to see continued reductions in levels of injury...
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