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Digger driver hits colleague while talking on mobile

Digger driver hits colleague while talking on mobile | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
An excavator driver has been prosecuted after he struck another worker on the head with the bucket on a digger.
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Passing HSE inspector spots unsafe roof work

Passing HSE inspector spots unsafe roof work | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A West Midlands roofing contractor has been fined after a passing safety inspector spotted an employee working unsafely at height without any fall protection.
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Road collapses on Brighton seafront

Road collapses on Brighton seafront | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Part of the main seafront road in Brighton has been closed following the collapse of arches underneath during renovation work.
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Jet wash roofer caught on camera

Jet wash roofer caught on camera | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A roofing firm and its managing director have been fined after a passer-by took photos of workers without safety harnesses.
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Health & Safety should be the primary concern on any site of any scale.


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Company fined for excavation failings

A Kent construction company has been fined for unsafe excavation work after a worker was seriously injured at a building site in Cranbrook.

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Health & Safety News, this could have been a lot more serious given the circumstances.

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Fatalities ‘at risk of increasing’, HSE construction chief admits

Fatalities ‘at risk of increasing’, HSE construction chief admits | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Deaths and injuries on UK building sites could increase as the industry comes out of the downturn, the Heath and Safety Executive’s chief inspector of construction has warned.
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Workloads rise, Health and Safety is neglected and the Cowboys tend to thrive.

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Builders fined for Cheshire mansion bodge | Construction News | The Construction Index

Builders fined for Cheshire mansion bodge | Construction News | The Construction Index | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Two building contractors were ordered to pay a total of £72,000 in fines and costs last week after three workers were injured when a floor collapsed during the construction of a mansion in Cheshire.
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Helth and Safety disaster

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Exclusive: Builders use red-tape reforms to duck deals on affordable homes - The Independent

Exclusive: Builders use red-tape reforms to duck deals on affordable homes - The Independent | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Builders use red-tape reforms to duck deals on affordable homes The Independent Among appeals now pending is a huge development in the Forest of Dean where the builder, Robert Hitchens, is seeking to overturn a council requirement that...
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The number of new builds has fallen from 60,480 to 42,830 between 2010 and 2013.
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Crackdown on rogue traders as police join forces with trading standards - Biggleswade Today

Crackdown on rogue traders as police join forces with trading standards - Biggleswade Today | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Biggleswade Today Crackdown on rogue traders as police join forces with trading standards Biggleswade Today Rogue traders are individuals or groups of people who cold-call householders, often targeting vulnerable residents, claiming to be a bona...
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Nationwide crackdown has begun

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More than a dozen arrests after rogue trader crackdown - Lancaster Today

More than a dozen arrests after rogue trader crackdown - Lancaster Today | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Lancaster Today More than a dozen arrests after rogue trader crackdown Lancaster Today More than 450 officials took part in Operation Rogue Trader 2014 in Lancashire, targeting criminals posing as bogus officials or pursue elderly and vulnerable to...
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The war has begun...

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Cherry picker pulled over during power line work

Cherry picker pulled over during power line work | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
A West Yorkshire power distribution specialist has been fined after a worker suffered multiple fractures in a cherry picker fall in Hertfordshire.
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Union calls for action as Crossrail safety fears rise

Union calls for action as Crossrail safety fears rise | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
There is growing concern about the safety culture on London’s £14.8bn Crossrail tunnelling project.
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Green Deal 'undermined' by scammers

Green Deal 'undermined' by scammers | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Citizens Advice Bureau reports that a large proportion of Green Deal calls are about scams
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West Yorkshire company fined after worker suffers multiple fractures in ... - Hertfordshire Mercury

West Yorkshire company fined after worker suffers multiple fractures in ... - Hertfordshire Mercury | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it

West Yorkshire company fined after worker suffers multiple fractures from a cherry picker fall.
Hertfordshire Mercury
A COMPANY has been fined a five-figure sum for safety failings after one of its workers suffered multiple fractures from a cherry picker fall.

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Prime minister David Cameron demands support for National Infrastructure Plan

Prime minister David Cameron demands support for National Infrastructure Plan | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it

The prime minister has urged readers to lobby opposing political parties for support for the government’s National Infrastructure Plan.

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Great for the Industry, but what are your thoughts?

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Solar panel installer breaks back in fall

Solar panel installer breaks back in fall | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it

A solar panel contractor and its technical director have been fined after an employee broke his back when he fell six metres through the roof light of a barn in Northamptonshire.

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Health and Safety failings lead to court action

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Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police crack down on rogue traders in Lincolnshire | Lincolnshire County Council

Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police crack down on rogue traders in Lincolnshire | Lincolnshire County Council | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
Lincolnshire Trading Standards and Lincolnshire Police have teamed up for Operation Liberal.
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How Can The Guide Help You | Beat The Cowboy Builder

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How The Guide, Beat The Cowboy Builder, can help you to avoid and beat cowboy builders. (Building Consultant of 40yrs Onsite Exp Ronald Pye Develops Guide to Tackle Cowboy Builders...
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Nice to see we are going International!!

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RBS Fined Over Hong Kong Rogue Trader Failings - International Business Times UK

RBS Fined Over Hong Kong Rogue Trader Failings - International Business Times UK | Beat The Cowboy Builder | Scoop.it
International Business Times UK RBS Fined Over Hong Kong Rogue Trader Failings International Business Times UK The Royal Bank of Scotland has been fined nearly half a million pounds by an Asian regulator after a rogue trader in Hong Kong covered up...
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Cowboys aren't just in the building industry.

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