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Working safely at height

Tim Bissett, technical manager for fall protection at MSA Safety, looks at the relevant standards relating to leading edge work, what to look out for in the equipment you use, and what processes you need to have in place, including the vital importance of a rescue plan

Apprentices – you’re hired!

It is well reported that the UK construction industry is facing a looming workforce crisis with not enough young talent coming into the sector to bridge the widening gap. However, there's support available to both encourage youngsters to apply for an apprenticeship and to help businesses in their search for ‘new blood’. Here, Richard Kendrick, marketing manager for SIG Roofing, discusses how to get more ‘youth on the roof’.

Preparing for a fall – best practice for when prevention is...

The prevention of falls when working at height is well-documented, but despite even the most watertight procedures, falls can and do still happen. Matthew Bailey, inspection and certification manager from fall protection specialist HCL explores a number of potentially life-saving products and procedures which are considered best practice in the event of a fall

It’s good to listen

The construction industry is starting to tackle its mental health problem with new initiatives, but simply listening is the vital first step says Gary Walpole, technical officer at the NFRC

The road for innovative products can be long

For decades, Roofshield has been providing roofing contractors with the highest quality, pitched roof underlay, which is both air and vapour permeable. Iain Fairnington, technical director at A.Proctor Group, explains how the product has been embraced by the construction industry since its inception in 1996.

Having Will-power

Around 60% of the UK population does not have a Will, including a third of those aged over 55. For a business owner, dying without making a Will can have a devastating effect, not only on the family but on the business too. Adam Bernstein explains more

Maintaining productivity levels during a period of disruption

Nick Howes, managing director at Leadership Management International UK, discusses how during a period of uncertainty, it’s important to instil confidence in your workforce and teach them essential skills like positive expectancy and persistence, to ensure that the work continues to the standards expected

Five handy apps and tools designed for tradespeople

Handy apps for finding work, staying organised, managing contractors and getting paid

What’s next for the UK softwood timber market?

Nigel Buckley-Ryan, UK sales director at Södra Wood, reflects on the current state of the softwood timber market and the UK outlook amid continuing Brexit uncertainty.

New code sets new standards for flat roofing

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has published the BS 6229: 2018 - flat roofs with continuously supported flexible waterproof covering ¬– code of practice