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13th June, 2024 - Construction

20 Tips For Better Construction Site Security

Site security is an important issue in construction. Your site could be at risk from thieves and vandals, but it could also appear to be an exciting place for children or a shortcut for someone's way home. Here are 20 tips for better construction site security.

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16th May, 2024 - Construction

Construction Noise And Working Hours Near Residential Areas

The law does not limit noise to certain hours, but between 11 pm to 7 am councils can enforce restricted permitted noise levels. Construction work ideally shouldn't be carried out during these hours, especially close to residential areas, but there can be exceptions.

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2nd April, 2024 - Construction

22 Essential Items For Your Construction Site Office

Setting up your construction site office and getting the correct paperwork in place is important, it's where people go when they arrive on site, and where you run your project from. Your site office needs to contain plenty of information for your team - here are 22 essential items.

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27th March, 2024 - Construction

Do Your Construction Welfare Facilities Pass The Suitability Test?

Construction workers need welfare facilities. These are things like toilets, sinks, washing facilities, places to get changed and places to eat. And to comply with the law, your welfare facilities need to be suitable.

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8th November, 2023 - Construction

Who Is Responsible For Health And Safety On A Construction Site?

The principal contractor has overall responsibility for managing health and safety on a construction site - but they're not the only one. In this blog post, we will look at when the principal contractor is responsible, and who else has health and safety responsibilities too.

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31st October, 2023 - Construction

Safe Digging Practices And Avoiding Danger Near Underground Services

Contact with underground services can be deadly, and expensive. Buried services are a major construction site hazard, particularly in excavation work. Following safe digging practices will help keep you and your team protected when working near underground services.

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25th October, 2023 - Construction

Underground Services Colours UK (And What They Mean)

Underground services usually (but not always) follow the national colour coding system. Locating services isn't just important to avoid damaging the service. But also to avoid damaging (or killing) yourself. Here are the UK underground services colours - and what they mean.

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7th September, 2023 - Construction

What Is Hot Work? (Definition, Risk And How To Control It)

Hot work is any activity or process that generates a source of ignition, this could be through a flame, heat or a spark. Hot work can be direct, e.g. the equipment or tool creates a flame. Other times it may be indirect, e.g. using an abrasive wheel to cut metal produces sparks.

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2nd August, 2023 - Construction

12 Ways Construction Workers Can Stay Cool This Summer

How can you stay cool on a construction site during a summer heatwave if you can't control the weather? You might not be able to change the environment, but you can take some simple steps to make your workday more comfortable. Here are some simple and cheap ways to stay cool in construction.

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10th May, 2023 - Construction

The 3 Times When A Scaffold Must Be Inspected

Scaffolding can help your construction project reach new heights, but are your scaffolds safe? The design, installation, alterations and dismantling of scaffolding, and other events, could put your scaffold (and its users) at risk. Here are the three times your scaffold must be inspected.

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29th March, 2023 - Construction

When To Inspect An Excavation And The Legal Requirements

The law requires you to prevent danger to people from excavations. This includes inspecting excavations to make sure they are safe. But who should inspect your excavations, and when do they need to be inspected?

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23rd March, 2023 - Construction

Excavations And The 1.2m Rule

If an excavation is under 1.2m in depth does it need supporting? What are the requirements? In this blog post, we look at the 1.2m rule, how it came about, and if it still applies today. Excavations of any depth are at risk of collapse if they are unsupported.

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