Staying Safe in Winter Working

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A snowy site

Construction doesn’t stop when winter weather strikes, so it’s important to know what steps to take to keep your workers warm and safe. As another major winter storm is starting to impact areas of the country this week with snow and ice accumulation, it’s a good time to review some safety tips for keeping your workers safe. 1.Inspect and clear … Read More

NPORS Offer CSCS Cards

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Npors cscs

You may have heard that late in 2016 NPORS changed the way they offer their operator cards in order to bring them more in line with the cards offered by CPCS. They now offer two options – a CSCS NPORS operator card and a traditional NPORS operator card. The New CSCS Card-  Much like the CPCS operator cards this type … Read More

Safe use of ladders

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Safe use of ladder

Following a fatal accident investigation in 2017, HSE is strongly advising all duty holders and users of combination ladders to ensure that they: carry out pre-use checks; use them in accordance with instructions; check the locking mechanism(s). Failure to do so could result in serious accidents. Telescopic ladders The use of telescopic ladders is growing more popular due to their … Read More

Rest Rules Changed for Commercial Drivers

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Last year, the Government announced new changes to rules for commercial drivers in a bid to crack down on driving while tired. The Drive and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) has the power to fine commercial drivers up to £300 if they are caught breaking the rules on how many hours they can drive and the breaks they need to take. … Read More

CITB leave Bircham Newton

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The Construction Industry Training Board is leaving its historic home in remote Bircham Newton, quitting training delivery and outsourcing back office functions. CITB chief executive Sarah Beale said the restructuring of the organisation would create “the strategic, forward-looking and agile skills body that the industry is seeking”. In effect, CITB will exist simply to collect and redistribute levy money, as … Read More

Changes to the Touchscreen Test

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In January the CITB reviewed the Health, safety and environment (HS&E) test to ensure that it continues to contribute towards a qualified workforce with the right knowledge, skills and training. The test has now been updated to include new question styles. The content of the questions will not change but a few questions may be presented in a different way. … Read More