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Construction Contractors – Are you Feeling the Squeeze?

There’s a new phrase being bandied about by politicians – it’s the “squeezed middle” – a term used to describe the millions of people in the UK who are suffering rising prices combined with a relative decline in real wages.  This is something that many of us in the construction industry will relate to as we still struggle to overcome the financial difficulties brought about by the financial crisis, followed by the economic uncertainty that rolled in hot on the heels of the Brexit vote last year.  Although the recession started nearly ten years ago and the economy has since recovered, the kn

Top Five Skills Necessary for Construction Managers

If you’re employed in a construction management role, then you’re probably devoting a lot of your time analysing the performance of your workers and the success of your projects.  However, if you have any interest in career development, then improving your own performance as a manager is vital.  Today we’re taking a look at how you can effectively analyse your own performance so that you can make the improvements necessary to ensure a successful career in the field of construction management.

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Seeking Responses on Building Regulations and Fire Safety

In the aftermath of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, the UK government has scrambled to ensure that a substantial programme of work is adopted to ensure that anybody living in high rise buildings are safe from the risk of fire in future.  It’s identifying high rise buildings with unsafe cladding systems and making sure that the building owners are taking the necessary steps to make them safe.  The tragedy at Grenfell and the subsequent testing process have identified potential shortcomings in the current regulatory systems for ensuring fire safety and the government has commissioned an indepe

Introducing a New Building Material - Hempcrete

Here at Safety Fabrications we keep an eye open for all the new developments in the construction industry so that we can keep our readers up to date with current practice.  We often come across innovative new building materials which we report on and we’ve recently come across “hempcrete”, a bio-composite made from the inner woody core of the hemp plant mixed with a lime-based binding agent.  Because the hemp core (also known as “shiv”) contains high quantities of silica, it binds well with lime, to produce a lightweight, cement-like insulating material which weighs a fraction of the weight

Mates in Mind in the Construction Industry

Here at Safety Fabrications we have a vested interest in health and safety, after all we’re in the business of providing safe access equipment to a range of industries, including the construction industry.  While we usually concentrate on the safety aspect of “health and safety”, we also recognise the importance of promoting health in the workplace.  In the past we’ve covered stories on the significance of mental health issues, including the Time to Change Employer Pledge and how to

Ladder Wise Leads to Ladder Safety

This coming week (and every other week for that matter), somebody in the UK is likely to die after falling from a ladder.  Most of these deaths are completely avoidable and campaigners continue to ensure that we are all aware of the safety issues involved when using ladders.  Those who use ladders in work will need to undergo the requisite training to ensure that the risks are minimised.  There is a legal requirement for all employers to make sure that their employees are fully trained to use all the equipment used during their work.  Ladder safety training is an essential part of working i

Innovation Station – Kansai International Airport

A while ago we published a fascinating article on the world’s tallest building to date following a trip to Dubai by one of our team members.  We found the article so interesting that we decided to look for some more tall or unusual buildings to entertain our readers.  Thus we now include a regular Innovation Station article on our blogroll for our readers to enjoy.  While most of us probably work on more mundane projects, it’s always fun (to say nothing of an educational experience) to take a look at som

If Heineken Made Bricks . . . . Oh, Hang on a Minute!

Last week we took a look at “bottle-bricks” – one of the latest crazes with innovative DIY-ers who are determined to bring the beauty of stained glass into their homes and gardens without having to hire an expensive stained glass artist.  It’s also a great method of recycling empty glass bottles, keeping them out of landfill and repurposing them in order to add decorative highlights to their homes in an eco-friendly way.  They look good and they’re good for the environment too.  Instructions and how-tos abound on the internet as people share their creativity with others, with loads of YouTu