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Accidents on Building Sites – and a Charity that Helps Victims

August 11, 2017


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.


One for the Road: a Bitumen Emulsion for Construction and Repair

July 20, 2017


Now here’s a product you might not have heard of before. TBS stocks Davtack K1-40 Cationic Bitumen Emulsion, from Bostik.

Behind the complicated name is a quality product specifically formulated for the construction and repair of pavements, driveways and roads.

With 40% bitumen content, Davtack provides a bond between the existing surface and overlays such as hot rolled asphalt, macadam and slurry seals, or between courses in road construction.

The “1” signifies a rapid-breaking emulsion. It is water based, ready to use and conforms to relevant BS regulations.


Wartime Bombs on Building Sites – Here’s What To Do

June 8, 2017

In May 2017, 50,000 people in Hannover, Germany were evacuated from their homes, businesses, a clinic and a care home. Why? Three British World War 2 bombs had been uncovered by a mechanical excavator near one of the main bridges. You can read about it here.

Rather unlikely on a site in the UK, you say? Not so! According to the Construction Industry Research and Information Association, between 2006 and 2009 (the last detailed figures available), over 15,000 items of ordnance were found on construction sites in the UK. That’s a lot! And it doesn’t include stuff hit by the plough in farmers’ fields.

It’s true, the majority of “UXO” (UneXploded Ordnance) is found in cities that were heavily bombed in World War 2, like London, Coventry or Portsmouth. But many bombs went astray, landing in unexpected places. In areas where the military were present, ammunition may have been buried and the location never recorded.

So anyone involved regularly in groundwork ought to download a very useful publication: Unexploded Ordnance (UXO), a Guide for the Construction Industry, which is available as a free PDF file here. Also free is A Client’s Guide to Risk Assessment on UXO Sites get it here.

It has photos of all manner of ammunition as it looks when it has lain in the earth for years, and it gives you advice on what to do if you find any. For example, don’t take it home! Call the police immediately, who have a direct link to the Bomb Disposal authorities.


Creative Cake Design: Fit for a Builder!

May 4, 2017


We take our (hard) hats off to the clever people who designed these cakes for the builders in their life!




Our mouths are watering at TBS 🙂




Of course, if anyone fancies making us one, our lads will happily volunteer to test it 😉


Archaeology and Construction: Best Practice if you Uncover any Remains

March 1, 2017


What are you meant to do if you uncover archaeological remains when you’re digging foundations or landscaping? For centuries, the approach was pragmatic: “finders keepers”, and site bosses didn’t want the hassle and delay of calling in the archaeologists. Many ancient remains were destroyed before they could be investigated.

Since the early 1990s, however, there has been a greater partnership between the UK construction industry, local museums and the Crown. Building sites have been responsible for most of the archaeological discoveries in the UK, and these days archaeology is part of the planning process.

The National Planning Policy Framework (revised 2012) links archaeological work to planning permission. Planning applicants have to show that they are aware of possible “heritage assets” on their site.

Photo: BBC News

Photo: BBC News

So, what do you do if you uncover remains? First up, bones. If it’s very obviously a pig’s skull, no problem. But if the bones could by any chance be human, you are legally bound to stop digging and call the police. They will arrange for an expert to visit and check.

If the bones prove to be an ancient human burial, archaeologists will probably want to do a brief survey, in case it is part of a bigger heritage site. Chances are, though, the bones will be ‘scatter’ and probably not human, and you’ll be cleared to dig again. For further details, check this link.


What about coins or jewellery? If you’ve uncovered gold or silver objects, or coins deliberately buried in a container, you’re probably dealing with treasure trove. It needs reporting, and you may receive half the value of any sale. If you’ve just found a couple of isolated coins, you should still report it to the Portable Antiquities Scheme. They will log the find on a database, with the exact find location, but you will be allowed to keep it.

If it looks like you’ve hit an unexpected structure, it’s suggested that you contact your local museums department, who can visit and tell you very quickly whether you can continue or whether they want to investigate.

For further information, check out these links: Archaeology and Construction, or Archaeology at Construction Sites, or Archaeology and Construction (not the same as the other article).

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