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HAKI introduces Cladding System at London Build 2019

System scaffolding and access solution provider, HAKI, will be introducing its Cladding System to the wider industry during the London Build Expo, at Olympia London on the 27 and 28 November 2019. The Cladding System will be on display to

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Opinion / Comment

Feasting Upon False Dawns

In a month in which all political, economic and seasonal indicators pointed towards a downturn, the UK construction industry chose to self-identify as upward and upbeat.   Builders’ Conference CEO Neil Edwards looks on disbelievingly. In March this year, the

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Health and safety

Working at height – risk prevention

In a series of articles for AccessPoint, SMAS Worksafe will look at the risks and preventative measures for those working at height and the equipment and procedures which can be implemented to mitigate the risks, or reduce them to as

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Technical

Test certificates: what do they really mean?

Commercial pressures are a temptation to purchase look-a-likes or clones that just don’t perform as you would expect. Product test certification was introduced to give buyers confidence that the products they are buying had passed performance tests and meet the

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Health and safety

Foundation systems for scaffolding

Scaffold contractors, designers and temporary works managers should pay careful consideration to the foundations of scaffold systems – how many do? Paul Thompson reports. “From little acorns do mighty oaks grow” goes the old English proverb. It implies that, despite

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Commercial & Legal

Why your business might need ownership protection

Martin Ward, an associate director of Amicus Insurance Solutions, outlines an aspect of insurance that is often overlooked – protecting the ownership of the business. When a business owner or partner dies, in addition to the obvious sadness and everyday

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Commercial & Legal

New VAT system to impact on cashflow

The access and scaffolding sector is waking up to changes in VAT invoicing and payments that come into force next month. At the time of going to press, a united construction industry was lobbying hard to have the changes delayed

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Commercial

Payment terms in temporary works contracts

Barrister Rudi Klein advises readers on the legal requirements applying to payment terms in temporary works contracts. The example schedule above should be used for each of your contracts. It incorporates legal requirements relating to the payment process and alerts

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Health and safety

Protecting lives and structures with engineered systems

Andrew Pass from MSA Safety – a global designer, manufacturer and distributor of safety products – talks about engineered systems and the integral role they play in keeping those that work at height safe. Fall protection solutions are generally split

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Guidance

What’s changing with BS 5975?

BSI has published a new edition of BS 5975:2019, Code of practice for temporary works procedures and the permissible stress design of falsework. The standard has been updated to take account of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015, particularly

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