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Accidents on Building Sites – and a Charity that Helps Victims

August 11, 2017

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Accidents in the workplace happen. In the construction and warehousing world, they can easily lead to serious injury, even death. Here are just a few examples – and some good news.

One report in The Construction Index concerns a contractor employed to work on a cottage in Dorset. The site was sloping and the original foundation was shallow. As the contractor dug below the level of the old foundation, the gable wall collapsed. This knocked him to the ground, but some masonry also went through the window of the excacator, switching it into gear. The contractor’s leg was pulled in and caught under the track – it later had to be amputated. It means a hefty fine for the construction company – and a builder who can’t work any more.

In this second report, a builder’s labourer in London suffered multiple leg fractures when the newly-built first floor of a house collapsed, having been overloaded with concrete blocks. The labourer fell 3m to the ground, with concrete falling around him. He still can’t walk properly and is unable to return to work.

Finally, this report concerns a construction worker on the new Queensferry Crossing in Scotland, who was hit and killed by the boom of a crane he was directing.

Thank goodness, then, for The Lighthouse Club Benevolent Fund– the construction industry’s charity. They can give financial help to thousands of families plunged into financial crisis when they lose their breadwinner’s income through illness, injury or death. It has branches all over the UK and Ireland. Find out more by clicking the link above, or call 0161 429 0022.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid in Home Renovation

August 9, 2017

Every so often, we come across an article that is so useful that we think you should all have a look. Well here’s one, courtesy of HGTV: 25 Biggest Renovation Mistakes.

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Here are a couple of “tasters” of the trade wisdom offered:

21. Not Doing the Prep Work

“Do it the right way, right away. You shouldn’t avoid your prep work. You want to take the time to do it right and right from the beginning.”

Adding to that wisdom is contractor Jim Collins: “It’s a horrible, tedious process, and nobody likes it, but it saves so much time later on down the way. And that’s what you’re trying to do: save yourself money and time.”

17. Going Too Trendy

“People often make the mistake of wanting to be too hip in their new home by picking the latest, hottest, coolest things,” says carpenter Carmen De La Paz. “What they don’t take into consideration is that trendy means that it’s short term.”

Jim Collins adds, “You want something that’s going to stand the test of time, something that’s going to last for years and years.”

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12. Using the Wrong Paint

“People often make the mistake of picking the wrong paint for whatever particular project they may be working on,” says De La Paz. “You don’t realize that there is paint for just about every surface.”

“Flat is basically for your ceilings and sometimes for your walls,” adds carpenter Jeff Devlin, “whereas your semi-gloss would be for trim in a bathroom or in maybe a dining room. The glossy will give it a more upscale look.”

Want to see more? Then click on the link above and you’ll get the full article. Nice one, guys!

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Wheelbarrows and Skips – Tips from the Trade

August 3, 2017
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Source: cheezburger.com

Talk about adding insult to injury! But seriously, how do you tackle the task of emptying wheelbarrows into skips? We asked some of our experienced tradespeople. Here’s their advice:

  • Not all skips are the same. Some have a flap door on the front, so you may not even need a ramp. Shop around before you hire.
  • If you need a ramp, 2 scaffolding boards, one on top of the other, is the traditional way. They’re usually 13′ long. The double thickness gives the ramp strength and prevents it bowing too much.
  • Make sure the skip is positioned so you have enough room for a decent run-up.
  • No need to get a ramp right to the top of the skip. Just build it so you can get the lip of the barrow over the lip of the skip then pivot on that to tip the barrow. It means you only need a smaller ramp and there’s less hill to push up.
  • If your barrow does start to tip over on the ramp, then get out of the way and don’t try to stop it. It’ll only take a couple of minutes to shovel the spillage back up, which is a lot quicker than a trip to hospital!

This post from DIY Doctor gives helpful advice on where you are allowed to site a skip in the UK and what you can (and can’t) put in it.

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Scary Timber Delivery Clip – Enjoy!

July 26, 2017

They clearly have fewer weight regulations in whatever country this is – and absolutely no Health & Safety!

Note the guy standing on the passenger step as a counterbalance

Please don’t expect TBS delivery drivers to do this for you.

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Preventing Falls from Ladders etc. in the Workplace

July 26, 2017

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Clever? OK, maybe. Sensible? No way! A third of all reported fall-from-height incidents involve ladders and stepladders. On average, this accounts for 14 deaths and 1200 major injuries to workers each year. Many of these injuries are caused by inappropriate or incorrect use of the equipment.

This article, Preventing Falls on the Jobsite, reached us today.  It gives a lot more information, including falls from lifts and scaffolding.

For example, do you know the “three points of contact” rule? If not, you’ll find them in the article.
There’s a really helpful guidance leaflet from the Health & Safety Executive that you can download FREE from this link:
Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders – an Employers’ Guide .
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