Monthly Archives - April 2014

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Cowboy Builders given prison sentences

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Two cowboy builders who tried to con an elderly Exeter resident into having an expensive driveway laid have been given jail sentences. James Doran from Gloucester and Patrick Connors of Hertfordshire had already made another man in Plympton agree to pay six and a half thousand pounds for driveway work. The cowboy builders were thwarted when the man’s bank manager became suspicious – and the work they’d done was found to be shoddy. In the [...]

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BBMV denies ‘negative spy culture’ findings of independent Crossrail report

BBMV denies ‘negative spy culture’ findings of independent Crossrail report

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder BBMV denies ‘negative spy culture’ findings of independent Crossrail report. Joint venture BBMV has challenged the findings of a leaked Crossrail report it commissioned last year of two of its Crossrail sites that claimed there was a “negative spy culture” on the sites. The draft report by independent safety consultancy MindSafety, came to light in the Observer at the weekend but was produced for BBMV more than a year ago in March 2013. It praised [...]

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Small builders raise alarm over materials price spike

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder   Small builders raise alarm over materials price spike. Small and medium-sized contractors fear the construction recovery is under threat from rising building costs and material shortages. The Federation of Master Builders latest trade survey showed rising workloads for the fourth successive quarter. But costs are spiking and materials shortages are hitting member firms. Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Rising building costs and material shortages are causing serious concern in the building industry with [...]

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Energy bosses warn of further Green Deal job losses

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Energy bosses warn of further Green Deal job losses Energy leaders highlight boiler replacement industry as sector that might see cuts due to uncertainty about the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme. The bosses of energy firms have warned there may be further job losses in the Green Deal supply chain if they do not get clarity from government on what work they will be able to include as part of the Energy Companies Obligation [...]

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Crossrail managers face ‘spying and fear’ claims

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Construction unions are calling for Crossrail and its main contractors to take action after a leaked safety report revealed a “culture of spying and fear” leaving workers and crossrail managers afraid to report accidents. Construction Union UCATT is calling for an urgent meeting after a leaked independent report revealed excessive man-marking by Crossrail managers was pushing relations with contractors to the limit. The damning report was produced by consultants MindSafety for the BBMV joint venture digging [...]

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Excavator driver hits colleague while talking on mobile

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder An excavator driver has been prosecuted after he struck another worker on the head with the bucket on a digger. An HSE investigation found that Gary Draper was using his mobile phone while operating the excavator vehicle on a site in Milton Keynes and had not noticed his colleague. Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court heard that Draper had been operating the excavator at the Middleton site on 8 December 2012, working alongside a colleague who [...]

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Cherry picker pulled over during power line work

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A West Yorkshire power distribution specialist has been fined after HSE failings led to a worker suffering multiple fractures in a cherry picker fall in Hertfordshire. Nicholas Chenery, 33, of Stowmarket, suffered a compound fracture to the left leg and three fractured vertebrae to his lower spine in the incident in the Buntingford area on 9 August 2012. He required extensive surgery, including steel pins and skin grafts for his leg fracture and a [...]

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Passing HSE inspector spots unsafe roof work

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder A West Midlands roofing contractor has been fined after a passing HSE inspector spotted an employee working unsafely at height without any fall protection. Water Orton-based GS Roofing Specialists LLP was prosecuted following the chance encounter at the Kelvin Way Trading Estate in West Bromwich on 26 September 2013. Sandwell Magistrates’ Court heard that an HSE inspector was on the industrial estate when he spotted two workers on a fragile roof of a nearby [...]

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Union calls for action as Crossrail safety fears rise

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Crossrail safety rate is running at more than four times that seen on the Olympic Park project, and there are allegations that workers are scared to report their concerns. Crossrail’s accident rate is running at more than four times that seen on the Olympic Park project, and there are allegations that workers are scared to report their concerns. Ucatt says that a leaked safety report reveals “a culture of spying and fear” and that [...]

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Brighton Seafront - Road Collapse

Road collapse on Brighton seafront

See on Scoop.it – Beat The Cowboy Builder Part of the main seafront in Brighton has been closed following a road collapse. The collapse was the failing of arches underneath the road during renovation work. Tonnes of rubble came crashing down underneath the road as contractors carried out renovation work to a pub situated in historic arches beneath the route. Engineers from Brighton and Hove Council are working at the scene to assess the damage. Council Executive Director Geoff Raw said; “Structural engineers [...]

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