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Officially Licensed Builders Introduced into the UK - UKFB

Officially Licensed Builders Introduced into the UK - UKFB | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
United Kingdom Federation of Builders (UKFB) has become the first company in the UK to introduce fully accredited, licensed builders & trades.
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Fantastic idea. Beat the Cowboy Builder fully support this initiative from UKFB, its about time someone tackled the elephant in the room and started to make some real change!!

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O’Keefe to hold site silence for killed colleague Ι Construction Enquirer

O’Keefe to hold site silence for killed colleague Ι Construction Enquirer | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
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Government to sell Constructionline

Government to sell Constructionline | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
The government has announced plans to sell Constructionline, its online construction supplier database.
It said that private ownership would allow Constructionline “to grow and achieve its full potential, including offering new additional services”.
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Hatfield rail crash judge to decide blacklisting cases

Hatfield rail crash judge to decide blacklisting cases | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
The retired judge who imposed a huge fine on Balfour Beatty for its part in the 2000 Hatfield rail crash was chosen to hear blacklisting compensation cases because of his previously tough stance in dealing with the industry.
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Asbestos scare prompts university site shutdown

Asbestos scare prompts university site shutdown | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Contractor evacuates staff after rennovation work at Warwick University disturbs asbestos
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Recommended Licensed Builders & Trades | Beat The Cowboy Builder

Recommended Licensed Builders & Trades | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
We can recommend you builders & trades - if you need an accredited, licensed, verified, trustworthy trade we can help you - UK (BTCB Trade Recommendation Service Need a trustworthy trade?
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Heartless rogue builders who 'bled elderly homeowners dry' have been jailed

Heartless rogue builders who 'bled elderly homeowners dry' have been jailed | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Express.co.uk
Heartless rogue builders who 'bled elderly homeowners dry' have been jailed
Express.co.uk
The four bogus builders targeted elderly homeowners to “bled them dry” for work they didn't need - and made them pay more than £70,000.
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Gas blast breaks worker’s leg

Gas blast breaks worker’s leg | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A worker was taken to hospital with a broken leg this morning following a blast during gas mains work in Scunthorpe.
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Asbestos problems found at 20 independent schools

Asbestos problems found at 20 independent schools | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Twenty schools have received improvement notices from the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) because of their inadequate control of asbestos hazards.
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Three arrested in clampdown on doorstep conmen

Three arrested in clampdown on doorstep conmen | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Three men were arrested in St Ives last week as Police and Cornwall Trading Standards stepped up their battle against bogus builders and doorstep fraudsters. Concerned neighbours called the Police when they spotted the three men working at the home of elderly sisters.
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Trainee scaffolder injured in roof fall

Trainee scaffolder injured in roof fall | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A Carlisle scaffolding firm has been fined £15,000 after a young employee was badly hurt when he fell more than six metres through a roof light.
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Installer crushed by half-tonne H&V unit

Installer crushed by half-tonne H&V unit | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A Hertfordshire engineering firm has been fined for safety failings after a fan unit toppled onto a worker as it was being manoeuvred into a ground floor plant room.
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Builders are not such bad drivers, afterall

Builders are not such bad drivers, afterall | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Survey reveals that builders are among the safest drivers in the country, but engineers are the worst
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Sorry blacklisting bosses seek forgiveness from MPs

Sorry blacklisting bosses seek forgiveness from MPs | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Senior directors of Balfour Beatty, Laing O’Rourke and Vinci yesterday repented for their sins in front of a committee of MPs and sought forgiveness.
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Climate watchdog slams weakened zero carbon homes policy

Climate watchdog slams weakened zero carbon homes policy | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Committee on Climate Change says it sees “no rationale” for letting small developments off the standard
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Site worker killed by Travis Perkins lorry

Site worker killed by Travis Perkins lorry | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A construction worker died yesterday after being hit by a lorry in the City of London.
Witnesses said he was talking on his mobile phone while crossing the road near Houndsditch.
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Track worker hit by 80 mph Gatwick Express train

Track worker hit by 80 mph Gatwick Express train | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A track maintenance supervisor was seriously injured when he was hit by a Gatwick Express train travelling at 80 mph.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has confirmed it is investigating the accident which occurred last month.
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Greener buildings could save UK £12bn a year says SEA energy manifesto

Greener buildings could save UK £12bn a year says SEA energy manifesto | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
INFOGRAPHIC: A new manifesto published today (7 July) by the Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) has calculated that the UK could save £12.1billion per year by 2050 by focusing energy policy on greener buildings. - edie news centre

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The manifesto reports that such energy saving measures would equate to a saving of £189 per year for every UK citizen. 

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Skills shortages threaten recovery for small builders

Skills shortages threaten recovery for small builders | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Skills shortages are threatening the recovery among small builders with more than a third of firms struggling to recruit tradespeople.
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Police issue warning over rogue traders in Derbyshire - The Star

Police issue warning over rogue traders in Derbyshire - The Star | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Derbyshire Times
Police issue warning over rogue traders in Derbyshire
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Police are warning residents to be on their guard against rogue traders targeting elderly residents in the North Derbyshire.
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HSE sounds warning as it begins two-week site spot-check   

HSE sounds warning as it begins two-week site spot-check    | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Construction firms cutting corners on health and safety will feel the “full weight of the law”, the Health and Safety Executive has warned, after announcing a two-week inspection blitz on sites across the UK.
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Untrained scaffolder loses leg after fall

Untrained scaffolder loses leg after fall | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
An untrained scaffolder had to have his leg amputated after falling from an unguarded structure, a court has heard.
Andrew Gore, 37, from Mountain Ash in the Cynon Valley, had never had any recognised training.
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Crane operator fined for botched lorry loader lift

Crane operator fined for botched lorry loader lift | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A lorry loader crane operator must pay £10,000 in fines and costs after botching a lift and crushing a construction worker.
50-year-old Mark Fowell from Poole was attempting to load out a portable building onto the back of his lorry.
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£168m pothole fund allocated to councils across England

£168m pothole fund allocated to councils across England | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
The Department for Transport today outlined where the £168m available under the Pothole Repair Fund will be spent.
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Industry welcomes chancellor’s house-building boost

Industry welcomes chancellor’s house-building boost | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Construction industry lobby groups have welcomed measures announced by chancellor George Osborne to boost house-building on brownfield sites.
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