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Portable Ladders – Make Sure They’re Safe

A portable ladder is often an important piece of a tradesman’s toolkit – it’s the go-to solution when it comes to accessing difficult to reach work tasks.  Whether the portable ladder is of the A-frame variety or an extension ladder, we usually take it for granted that it will be the safest option for carrying out a range of different types of jobs.  While using a portable work platform is preferable to using a ladder, in many cases, companies are not willing to invest in them or are not aware of them, so ladders continue to be the access solution of choice in so many cases.  This means tha

Heritage Construction Skills Explained

Here in the UK we have a history of construction that goes way back in time – some of the oldest buildings still in use are in Britain and there are several initiatives in place to preserve these older buildings for future generations.  The National Heritage Training Group (NHTG) was founded by UK heritage agencies in collaboration with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) in order to address concerns about the lack of experienced heritage crafts people and the sustainability of our built heritage. 

Working Safely Near Overhead Power Lines

Nobody working in the construction industry here in the UK could fail to be aware of the dangers involved when working near overhead power lines.  Regulation 14 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that work may be carried out in close proximity to live overhead lines only when there is no alternative and when the risks can be properly controlled.  Any distance within 10 metres (measured horizontally at ground level from below the nearest cable) is classed as close proximity. 

Stay Safe When Cleaning your Gutters

With all the bright sunshine we’ve been enjoying here in the UK in recent weeks, many of us are out in the garden catching up with outdoor jobs that may have been rained off earlier in the year.  One job that needs doing on a regular basis is clearing the gutters and now is a great time to do this task while the gutters are relatively dry – it’s much easier than dealing with the smelly wet leaves and debris.  Regular gutter maintenance will prevent water damage to roof and walls of your home and needs to be done regularly to keep the outside of our house spick and span.

Safety Ladders News Roundup – May, 2017

Ladder safety is an issue that gives cause for concern on a regular basis here in Britain.  We at Safety Fabrications are dedicated to providing our customers with the safest equipment possible.  Every month we scour the internet for news on ladders so that we can keep our readers up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders and access equipment.  This is our news roundup offering for the month of March.  If you have anything to add to any of the stories and have come across an issue that you’d like us to cover, please let us know either by email or comment on our

Construction Bids and Construction Estimates – What’s the Difference?

Construction clients may use the terms estimate and bid interchangeably which contractors are likely to attach specific meanings to each work.  These two definitions correspond to different parts of the process of calculating a contractor’s internal costs and then setting out the final price that is charged to the client.

Estimates are all About Costs

The UK’s Five Deadliest Jobs

If you were to ask anybody to name the most dangerous jobs they’re likely to answer you with jobs like bomb disposal experts, astronauts, formula one drivers, lion tamers, etc.  While these are pretty dangerous jobs, UK health and safety statistics suggest that some of the most dangerous jobs to do are fairly common.  When it comes to industries investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), some fairly common occupations are highlighted as resulting in a high number of deaths and injuries in the workplace, resulting in devastation and emotional stress, not just for the person injur

How to Beat the Summer Heat for Construction Workers

Summer will soon be upon us and working outdoors can be an absolute pleasure whichever industry you work in.  This is good news for workers in the construction industry as much of the work involved will be outdoor work.  However, it can often feel like we’ve gone from one extreme to the other – spending the cold winter months struggling to keep warm as temperatures drop.  Finally, better weather comes during the hot summer months and, instead of revelling in the warmth, we’re often desperately looking for ways to keep cool.  Years ago, working outside during the summer months mean a great c

Emergency Communications for Construction Incidents

Thanks to advances in technology, we’re now living in a Digital Age with innovative new methods of communication that can keep us connected at all times.  However, when it comes to emergencies, communication can still present a challenge.  First responders (who are used to emergencies) point out that when they attend an incident of emergency situation, communication is a key area where they would like to see improvements.

Asbestos – the Risk of Non-compliance

Here at Safety Fabrications we like to make sure our readers are aware of all of the risks faced in the construction industry, not just the risks faced when working at height or using ladders of any type.  We’ve already informed our readers several times of the dangers of asbestos and the way in which legislation has been changed to minimise the risks associated with this insidious substance.  We’ve also highlighted the legal obligations of employers and building managers to ensure that asbestos su