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Growth in new home registrations starts to slow

Growth in new home registrations starts to slow | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Growth in the number of new home registrations by developers each month is starting to show signs of slowing.
Latest figures from the NHBC for April show growth rates slipping down into around 3-4%, compared with last years totals.
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Habitat Construction fined £110,000 after worker's fall

Habitat Construction fined £110,000 after worker's fall | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A London construction company has to pay more than £126,000 in fines and costs after a worker was paralysed by a fall from an unguarded window space into a basement.
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Police alert as rogue traders con pensioners out of thousands of pounds - Daily Echo

Police alert as rogue traders con pensioners out of thousands of pounds - Daily Echo | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
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Police alert as rogue traders con pensioners out of thousands of pounds
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A gang of rogue traders have conned Hampshire pensioners out of thousands of pounds it has been revealed.
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Staffordshire manufacturing company fined more than £25,000 for contravening a health and safety regulation | Bayliss & Cooke

Staffordshire manufacturing company fined more than £25,000 for contravening a health and safety regulation | Bayliss & Cooke | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
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Government 'unlikely' to bar blacklist firms from public work

Government 'unlikely' to bar blacklist firms from public work | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Minister says firms linked to blacklisting that do not pay compensation ‘unlikely’ to be barred from bidding for public work
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Homeowners left to take asbestos board to local tip

Homeowners left to take asbestos board to local tip | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it

A Suffolk building contractor has to pay £16,000 in fines and costs after it exposed workers and customers to lethal asbestos material.

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Northampton firms in court after worker’s life-changing injuries – Media centre - HSE

A scaffolding firm and the owner of a roofing company have been fined after a worker suffered serious injuries when he plunged nine metres through a fragile warehouse roof in Northampton.
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Nine meter scaffolding fall leaves man with life changing injuries

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M&E engineer killed by falling 300kg pipe

M&E engineer killed by falling 300kg pipe | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
An electro-mechanical engineer was killed by falling pipes during work to decommission a former factory in South Wales after the owners failed to appoint a competent main contractor.
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Such an unfortunate, unnecessary and tragic event.

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Liverpool launches £1.5bn regeneration plans

Liverpool launches £1.5bn regeneration plans | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Liverpool has launched plans for regeneration schemes worth £1.5bn which could create 12,000 construction jobs.
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Revealed: HS2 consultant spend runs £87m over budget

Revealed: HS2 consultant spend runs £87m over  budget | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Government figures show spending across a raft of consultancy contracts has run 86% over budget
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Who says you can’t work on trains?

Who says you can’t work on trains? | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
The owner and developer of a construction site has been fined £16,000 for height safety breaches after being spotted, twice, by a safety inspector travelling on a passing train.
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Camelford cowboy builder Craig Miles jailed for defrauding couple of life savings

Camelford cowboy builder Craig Miles jailed for defrauding couple of life savings | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
cornishguardian.co.uk Camelford cowboy builder Craig Miles jailed for defrauding couple of life savings cornishguardian.co.uk Judge Christopher Harvey Clark, QC, described Miles as a cowboy builder whose fraud cost the Simpsons around £70,000:...
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Engineering firm fined after worker dragged into moving machinery

Engineering firm fined after worker dragged into moving machinery | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A COMPANY has been fined after a worker was dragged into a moving machine. (Engineering firm fined after worker dragged into moving machinery: A COMPANY has been fined after a worker was...
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HMRC to turn spotlight on umbrella companies

HMRC to turn spotlight on umbrella companies | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
The taxman is turning the spotlight on umbrella companies as the clampdown on false self employment in construction continues.
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Cheshire builder jailed for tax fraud

Cheshire builder jailed for tax fraud | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A 49-year-old Wilmslow man has been jailed for pocketing nearly £115,000 of tax that he deducted from subcontractors instead of paying to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
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A BASINGSTOKE pensioner who was driven to the bank to withdraw cash for a ... - Basingstoke Gazette

A BASINGSTOKE pensioner who was driven to the bank to withdraw cash for a ... - Basingstoke Gazette | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A BASINGSTOKE pensioner who was driven to the bank to withdraw cash for a ...
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Survey finds reduction in major injuries

Survey finds reduction in major injuries | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
The latest accident index from the Building Safety Group (BSG) shows that there has been a significant decrease in the number of major injuries reported by its members.
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Asbestos supervisor ignored his PPE

Asbestos supervisor ignored his PPE | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A supervisor in charge of removing asbestos from a school boiler house has been fined for not wearing his respiratory mask.
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Surveying Property: How to avoid ‘Cowboy Builders’ - 5 Practical Tips

Surveying Property: How to avoid ‘Cowboy Builders’ - 5 Practical Tips | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
RT @SurveyProperty: How to avoid ‘Cowboy Builders’ - 5 Practical Tips: http://t.co/x3yApgMbT2
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Not an exhaustive list but still good advice

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Two jailed for construction waste crimes

Two jailed for construction waste crimes | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Two Doncaster men have been jailed for running illegal waste dumping operations on an industrial scale, with construction waste being dumped including asbestos.
They dumped nearly 200,000 tonnes of material on their sites, totally illegally.
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Video captures dodgy man-lift

Video captures dodgy man-lift | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
The owner of a Lancashire skip hire firm has been fined for using a telehandler bucket to lift an employee.
It didn’t help his case that the dangerous and highly unapproved manoeuvre was captured on video camera (see below).
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Road workers get battery-powered hi-vis gear

Road workers get battery-powered hi-vis gear | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Road workers in Scotland are trialling new glow-in-the-dark PPE which is powered by tiny batteries.
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Contractors facing the squeeze as costs rise

Contractors facing the squeeze as costs rise | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Industry feels down side of fourth consecutive quarter of growth in activity
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