What goes up… Ladder Fails That Will Surely End Badly
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  I’m assuming that isn’t the safety inspector giving our hero there a high five.   Note the cable ties here. What could go wrong?   You see? Cable ties would have actually helped here. Any guesses at to what is actually holding this up?   So, he clearly thought about this. He put chocks […]

Top 5 Worst Construction Occupation Names
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Not all job titles sound cool. Not everyone gets to be a Construction Engineer, or even a simple Crane Operative. In a world where Bin Men are officially Waste Management Technicians, let’s look at some of the worst job titles to have printed on your CSCS card for the next 5 years… 5) Tent Pole […]

You know Your Mum Worries – Stay Safe for Mother’s Day!
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Most of the people reading this will be working in the construction industry, which is one of the most important and most dangerous lines of work the UK has to offer. Remember that your dear old mum still worries about you, even now that you’re grown. Maybe more so, now that you’re playing with (or […]

Love Construction? Enter our Valentines Day Photo Competition
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This is how we celebrated Valentines Day in the Construction Support callcentre last year. Now we want to see how you celebrate Valentines in your workplace! The Competition All you need to do is send us a photo of how you celebrate Valentines Day with the hashtag #LoveConstruction to one of our social media accounts. […]

Working Hours and Statutory Breaks
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The Working Time Regulations (1998) specify the maximum hours that employees should work in a set period. For workers over 18 years of age, this is 48 hours a week on average, while younger workers are limited to eight hours a day and 40 hours each week. However, workers can opt out of the 48 […]

How to Write Tenders and Estimating
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Writing tenders is an important task for any contractor in the construction industry because they’re a basis for a lot of your future work. So, putting the time and effort into ensuring you prepare them properly is vital. A badly drawn out tender can result in a big financial loss, so you need to be […]

UK Minimum Wage
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Workers in the UK, except those of compulsory school age, are entitled to the national minimum wage (NMW). This is currently set at: £6.08 per hour for those aged 21 or over (due to rise to £6.19 from 1st October 2012) £4.98 per hour if aged 18-20 £3.68 per hour if 16-17 (above school leaving […]

How to find and work with an Accountant
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Accountants are often deemed to be an unnecessary expense, especially in the construction industry. You may even think that keeping accounts is easy and your monthly PAYE returns and annual records only have to be done occasionally. This is true to some degree, but it’s important that you keep complete and accurate accounts. Why? Because […]

Why should you join the SAFEcontractor Scheme?
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You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to understand why health and safety laws in UK construction is a big topic. The industry makes up 5% of the UK’s workforce yet accounts for 27% of all employee fatalities. For companies, ensuring that contractors they hire have the necessary health and safety standards can be […]