With that in mind, a new short film was released online at the end of last year on the dangers of fragile roofs, made by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) with the assistance of the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) and the co-operation of Working Well Together (WWT).
Tony Crawford operations director at Mr Plant Hire says:
“ JCB is the market leader for telescopic handlers making this a logical decision for Mr Plant Hire to only buy the best for our ever expanding hire fleet. We have taken these units with extended warranty to give our customer’s peace of mind that they can expect a service that is second to none.
At the CPA (Construction Plant-hire Association) Conference in October 2014, Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Advisor to HM Government, provided delegates with an update on Construction 2025, the government’s vision for improvement within the built environment, which was initially announced in September 2012.
Key findings relevant to the construction equipment hire industry
- More than four fifths (85%) of the 75,000 plus surveyors questioned said that a lack of qualified candidates meant they had problems recruiting.
- Around two in five (43%) surveying firms currently turn down new business opportunities due to a dearth of skilled workers – each of them passing up an average of five contracts per year.
- The problem looks set to peak in the next five years, with a further 11% of the industry saying anticipating turning down work by 2019. By that time, 54% of the surveying sector’s 10,000 businesses*** will be turning down some 27,000 projects between them each year.
The need to assess ground conditions before construction equipment hire
Failure of the ground on which construction plant stands is a frequent cause of incidents and injuries on building sites, with knock-on effects of delays, loss of reputation and the impact on future workloads. So, an adequate assessment of ground to establish its ability to support plant is essential if these incidents are to be avoided.
White was keen to point out how far construction has come in the 40 years since the Health & Safety At Work Act came into force – with the UK now being a world leader in health and safety.
“We have to work together, but construction has come a very long way in the last 15 years. However, while there have been huge steps forward in terms of safety, eight of the 23 fatalities on UK construction sites recorded in the first 9 months of 2014 were plant related, so there is always room for improvement.
Pecolift makes low level access so easy. Gone are the days of climbing steps or podiums. No more slips, trips or having to balance.
The Poll revealed that:
1) 76% of workers in the construction sector are satisfied in their role
2) 62% would choose an entirely different career if given their time again
3) When asked why, 43% cited lack of job satisfaction and 39% said it was down to money.
4) Within the past 12 months:
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The Construction Index (14 July 2014) reported that Mihai Hondru, 39, of Barkingside, Ilford, was killed on 20 October 2010 when he was struck by a reversing bulldozer on an M25 widening project near Upminster.
The findings, reported in The Construction Index, 21 January 2015 predict steady growth over the next few years as follows: