Crawler Crane Operator pay rises by 54% in only two years?

Crawler Crane Operator pay rises by a whopping 54% in the last two years, compared to 11% for the rest of the construction industry since the Brexit referendum, according to staffing software company.

The Construction industry is a fast-paced industry that sees changes in construction techniques, and popular projects. However, Crawler Crane Operators have seen an astronomical increase in average pay of 54% according to Engage Technology Partners, who have analysed data collected since June 2016. This analysis of the pay changes was attributed pay rises to changes in migrant labour trends.

Additionally, electrical testers saw pay increases of 34% and steel fixers have seen a rise of 22%.

The Director of Engage, Drey Francis commented; “In its report on the potential impact of Brexit on the industry, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) highlighted the sheer extent of reliance on international staff, with some locations such as London reporting that over half of the construction workforce consists of migrant workers. While there’s certainly no agreement on the terms of our exit, the impact on the industry is already being noted – and we can expect to see wages rise further in the near future as talent demands continue to stretch.”

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Paul Johnson, director of GH Johnson Crane Hire, one the UK’s biggest crawler crane hire companies, said: “As someone who actually pays crawler crane operators I can assure you that this is utter garbage.”

He added: “The construction sector as a whole is probably busier than it was two years ago – meaning there are more crawler crane operators in full-time employment – but pressure on crane rental rates, caused by competition and cheap finance, means that crawler crane operators’ pay has been almost flat since 2016.”

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New Zero-Emission Electric Forklift.

The first wave of Large capacity machinery and Forklifts are coming to the construction industry. Electrification is commonplace in the modern era with things like cars and busses seeing increasingly large battery sizes that enable them to run for full days without recharging.


Wiggins Yard eBull Forklift: XL Lifts

The New Wiggins Yard eBull Forklift is the first commercialised fully electric large capacity forklift to be made in the US. Although it is currently available in the US, we don’t have any current indication of a UK release date.

The forklift has a capacity of 30,000-70,000 pounds and included lithium-ion batteries with fast-charging, provided by the modern electric trucking company Thor Trucks. This is the same company who is currently preparing to take on Tesla with their latest vehicle which has been picked by the American Package Delivery company UPS to be used as a part of their fleet of vehicles.

COO for Thor Trucks, Giordano Sordoni commented: “Forklifts are one of the many practical applications of fully-electric powertrains.” “The vehicles stay close to their home base and have access to industrial power, plus the noise reduction and increased efficiency will benefit industrial yards tremendously.”

We hope to see many more electric forklifts in use in the close future in addition to being included in our forklift training courses.

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XL Lifts president Mike Marzahl says Wiggins Lift Company is revolutionising the high-capacity, electric forklift industry.

“The first of its kind, the Wiggins Yard eBull will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and sound pollution, while enabling industrial companies to do their jobs.”

The biggest driver of demand for lithium-ion batteries is the global push for the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) and the phasing out of internal combustion engines.

The global automotive battery market is expected to be worth $US54.5 billion ($75.2 billion) by 2022 — growing at a rate of 5.7 per cent each year.

Wood Mackenzie senior analyst Rory McCarthy told Stockhead that the market for EVs in terms of battery demand will far exceed that of stationary storage.

There also won’t be any substitute for lithium in batteries — at least not for the foreseeable future, according to Mr McCarthy.

“We have seen all the major car manufacturers invest upstream in the lithium-ion battery value chain meaning they are now banking on it, and consumer electronics, we expect this to be the dominant technology in the market,” he said.

“The scale of demand expected for lithium-ion, particularly for EVs will drive technology improvements, cost reductions and ultimately reduce technology risk making it a lower cost and more bankable form of battery storage than others out there. There will be a place for other technologies, but lithium-ion will dominate.”

To satisfy the demand coming from car makers, at least 3.5 million tonnes of lithium carbonate equivalent (LCE) will be required.

By comparison, just 200,000 tonnes of LCE is produced at the moment.

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Common School Science Equipment found to contain Asbestos!

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Common School Science Equipment found to contain Asbestos!

Gause Mats used in common secondary school science experiments have been found to contain asbestos.

Gause Mats containing asbestos have been sold by two companies to schools around the UK. These common pieces of science equipment are used in tandem with bunson burners which creates the risk of asbestos becoming airborne. As a result, schools across the UK have been urged to stop science experiments until the safety of these products can be ascertained. Many schools are now halting and delaying science experiments at in the new school year.


Chris Keates, general secretary for NASUWT union stated according to Sky News;


“It is shocking that suppliers, clearly it seems only interested in profit not people, have distributed such life-threatening equipment to schools putting children and teachers and other staff at risk.”


Chris has also added that it is “unacceptable” that the suppliers of asbestos contaminated gause were not named as the information could help schools to work out if they have acquired “potentially deadly material”.


Schools are known to have received guidance on the use of gause dating back to 1976 and there are now growing calls to name the two main suppliers of asbestos contaminated gause.


The Health and Safety Executive has however commented that they believe the risk of harm being caused by asbestos contaminated gause wire is “extremely low” and schools should only stop using gause as a precautionary measure.


Regardless, technicians and teachers are being advised to treat any suspected asbestos contamination seriously by disposing of the hazardous waste in double baggs or by sealing cupboards where gause is stored until it can be confirmed that the products are safe for use.


The Health and Safety Executive has said that their “limited quantitative testing” on gauze from both suppliers demonstrated a 20% – 30% asbestos contamination rate. However, not all samples showed the presence of the rare asbestos, tremolite.


If you are working in the construction and waste management profession, you can have a look at our RoSPA and IATP approved online Asbestos Training course and our equivalent asbestos course for architects and designers!


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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told Sky News that it is “limited by legal process” in what it can say about the suppliers involved, but said both companies are actively cooperating in its investigation.

A spokeswoman added that it is not clear how many schools, colleges and other users have been affected.

The Department for Education said: “Following advice from the Health and Safety Executive we have immediately written to all secondary schools and colleges advising them to take steps to remove and dispose of potentially hazardous mesh gauze used in science lessons.

“We will continue to liaise with the HSE and CLEAPSS [the organisation which advises local authorities and schools on science and technology] over this issue.”

Officials are investigating how they entered the UK in the first place as EU laws prevent asbestos from being used – and the HSE believes the affected gauze mats are imports. Enforcement notices have been served on the two suppliers involved.

In June and July, several makes of gauze mats in New Zealand were recalled because they were also found to contain tremolite asbestos. However, there is nothing to suggest that the companies affected by these recalls were supplying equipment to the UK.

The NASUWT is demanding to know how the government will support affected schools, which are being told they must pay for affected gauzes to be disposed of as hazardous waste, as well as buy replacements.

A Department for Education spokeswoman told Sky News that schools should seek compensation from their suppliers.

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Forklift Drivers stop robbery getaway vehicle!

Forklift Drivers for Hardware store stop robbery through heroics and quality forklift operation

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Although we work with forklift operators often through our popular Forklift Training and Forklift Courses, we have never seen anything like this! A group of wannabe robbers were stopped in their tracks when attempting to escape by a group of forklift drivers working at the hardware store. The group of forklift drivers team up to stop the robbers by blocking and trapping the getaway drivers vehicle. Amazing work like in an action movie!

This CCTV footage of the forklift worker and trade parking bay shows the getaway driver pull into the parking space outside of the store, wait for the robber and then attempt to flee around the one-way system in the store carpark. Fortunately a quick thinking forklift driver was able to block the exit with their forklift after reversing in front of the car.

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This man shows is a real hero, trying to stop these robbers, who might have been armed, from escaping by blocking their way. The car then reverses and does a U-turn trying to go into another direction, but other workers get into the unoccupied forklifters and block the getaway car on the other entrance.

The dramatic footage then shows the driver of the red saloon suddenly pull out and speed off, apparently aware that the suspected robbers had no chance of pulling off a robbery of the massive hardware shop.

Another forklift driver reverses back and blocks their path, before another two of the workhorse vehicles appear and block it from the rear, in the drama in the city in the Czech republic near the country’s western border with Poland. After this heroic maneuver, the car is caged in. Hopefully these bad boys were brought to justice!

Credit to ‘DEK building materials/Youtube’.

Author: rumblestaff


The Most Common Health and Safety Hazards on House building Sites

Here’s how to handle the most common health and saftey hazards on house building sites


Construction of any sort requires a lot of planning, patience, resources, time and management. In addition to being very difficult, construction jobs are really dangerous too. There are several health and safety hazards present on the site which can really cause serious injuries. Every year, tens of thousands of workers get injured while working on construction sites, all over the world. Construction jobs, due to all these hazards are difficult to carry out and can also, at times, prove to be one of the most dangerous jobs. Which is why health and safety courses are so important to keep workers out of dangers and hazards, which is something offered by SB Skills

While, many injuries happen on construction sites, each year, thousands of workers get injured during their house building projects. According to the statistics revealed by the Health and Safety Executive, during the year 2016-2017, around 1200 of injuries that took place on house building sites, were due to slips, trips or falls.

According to the National House Building Council (NHBC), most of these injuries or accidents could be averted by the effective and efficient management of the working areas and all the access routes. The estimates reveal that around 2.3 million working days are lost each year in the construction field due to workplace injuries, which comprise around 17% of the mix and illness caused by work-related activities, which comprise around a massive 83% in the mix.

Read the full article to learn more about the most common hazards on house building sites and how to handle them effectively!

NHBC highlights the most frequent reported items in the final quarter of 2017:

  • Workers working on scaffold with no guardrails in place;
  • No fall protection on open stairwells;
  • Access routes blocked with site materials;
  • No eye protection being worn when using a paslode nail gun;

NHBC health and safety advisers can provide coaching and advice to site managers, and when the right measures are in place, the safety of a site can be dramatically improved.

Stephen Ashworth, Health & Safety Services Manager, said, “Over recent years, we have seen big improvements with regards to safety on site and the number of injuries to construction workers has reduced.

Author: Isla MacFarlane

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Some Roofing and Cladding Laws and Regulations when Working at Heights

This article provides some of the laws and regulations associated with working at heights


Working at height is an important consideration for employers. Several industries such as the oil and gas sector, the construction sector, roofing and cladding, telecommunication sector and the design sector include the use of working on heights. In fact, the industries that do not directly need working at heights may also at some point require the need to use a ladder even to change the bulb or even for putting up some decorations in the office. Working at heights is not restricted by the law but there are regulations to ensure the safety of the personnel.

Roofing and cladding often requires you to work at heights, so the laws and regulations including the health and safety for employees should be any company’s primary concern. The CSCS Roofing and Cladding NVQ course provided by SB Skills includes compulsory units of workplace safety rules and efficient work practices. CSCS Roofing and Cladding NVQ will improve an operative’s health and safety.

This article focuses on some of the laws and regulations that are relevant to working at heights. The “Work at Height Regulations 2005” is the main pieces of regulations that govern this particular type of work. The regulations are devised to prevent injuries and death. The legislation is not complex and has different sections that are important to different types of work.

This article will help you handle the safety of your employees working at heights, read on to learn more!

How to Work at Height Safely

There are three main steps to working safely at height. Once you’ve understood any regulations that are specific to your industry (if any), these steps will help you avoid falling injuries in the workplace. It may be the case that carrying out a working at height risk assessment beforehand is beneficial, as this will help you pull together all of the relevant considerations. Depending on your circumstances, it may be mandatory.

The three steps to reducing the likelihood of workplace injuries as a result of falls are as follows:

Risk Avoidance

The first, and easiest step in working safely at height is to avoid it where possible. In some cases, it will of course be impossible not to climb a ladder or ascend a platform, but there are many solutions out there to help some jobs be carried out from ground level. For example, if you’re trying to clean windows, or reach products down from a high rack, there may be tools available that mean climbing a ladder is unnecessary. Even using a forklift truck to reach pallets down may be safer than climbing racking to reach high stock. Always look for opportunities to make the task safer.

Risk Minimisation

If it is essential that you or one of your employees must work at height, then you should take all possible precautions to reduce the risk of falling. There are many, many ways this can be done, ranging from reducing the time spent working at height, to having guard rails and other barriers on platforms. Having specific guards in place for specific jobs is the best way of making sure that injuries do not occur. Ladders are a fairly common piece of equipment in the workplace, and can be made safer by being regularly checked for condition, and ensuring that staff that use them know how to do so properly.

Author: Alex Bateman



Beamish Museum Plans to Make History

Beamish Museum’s new project expected to create around 100 construction jobs

Beamish Museum is an open air museum in England. It has been around for quite a while and now is planning to expand. The project is expected to cost around £18 million and will bring around 100 new jobs related to construction. The project is titled ‘Remaking Beamish’ and is the biggest project in the 48-year history of the museum. 30 new exhibits are planned to be added, which will include a 1950s town and farm, along with a Georgian cottage and a coach house.

The new project will create around 100 construction jobs which will also include construction apprenticeships which will provide a great opportunity to learn alongside skilled and experienced mentors. The work has already started and is expected to finish around 2021.

Project Beamish is quite big and around 30 people from different trades will be working simultaneously on four building sites at any one time. The 1950s town will also include a cinema which is being moved from Sunderland. It will also include a community center, homes, shops, café and other similar structures.

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The project is expected to create around 100 new jobs and training opportunities, including up to 50 apprenticeships.

Spain’s Field Farm, from Weardale, has been de-constructed and will be rebuilt at Beamish to tell the story of rural life in the 1950s.

The expansion of the 1820s Landscape will include a coaching inn where visitors can stay overnight.

There will also be a recreation of murdered Joe the Quilter’s cottage.

The extension is expected to attract an extra 100,000 tourists to the region.

The museum will remain open throughout the building programme.

Author: Kali Lindsay

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The Importance of Health and Safety Training

Here is why health and safety training is important

Safety at work is very important. More than 200 people die every year due to accidents at work and more than 1 million get injured. Furthermore, more than 2 million suffer from sicknesses caused by their work. One of the most dangerous industries is the forestry and the odds of getting killed there are 6 times more as compared to a construction site. Prevention of accidents and poor health must be a priority for everyone at work. The employees of any organization are vital and valuable for the future of that particular organization. If you are the manager of a forestry contracting business, you must make the safety of your employees a top priority and must prepare them for the challenges of the job by training them properly.

If you provide health and safety training to the employees, you ensure that the employees do not get sick or injured due to the work they do. The health and safety training also helps to develop a positive, healthy and safe culture where the safe operation of day to day activities becomes natural to them.

The results of health and safety training are not just short term but are rather long term. The employees that undergo the health and safety training will become accustomed to staying safe at work and will ensure that all the safety standards are complied.

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What is training?

Training means helping people to learn how to do something, telling people what they should or (often as important) should not do, or simply giving them information. Training isn’t just about formal ‘classroom’ courses and obtaining ‘tickets’ (certificates) to work.

Within the forestry industry, there are growing concerns about the level of competence and high expectations of newly trained/qualified operators. What makes someone more employable and valued is their experience gained through on the job training & consolidation, and non formal training in the form of ‘continuous professional development’ (CPD).

Your members of staff become more motivated, remain loyal and committed. Management of CPD allows you, the forestry contractor, to attract, recruit & retain the best people. By demonstrating workforce competence your business is given direction and an enhanced image. This is not just about health and safety. Increasingly, clients are demanding evidence of ability to undertake contracts to a suitable quality, and businesses have been shown to benefit from being able to provide this information, by winning contracts over other companies.

Why manage CPD you might ask?

Well, amongst other things, it’s good for business. What counts for CPD, is any subject that you think is relevant to your personal development. A plethora of subjects count towards CPD including courses, seminars, conferences, workshops, full and part time study and other training, etc . However, CPD needs planning. The individual needs to look at his/her weaknesses for example in core skills – what you do well and in a lack of skills, what needs to be improved. The individual also needs to look at opportunities and threats including new trends, any obstacles and changing roles.

Of course, all individuals will also learn, increase their knowledge and skills simply by doing their job; in other words, gaining experience. This is also part of CPD. The fresh-faced new employee with his recently – gained certificates of competence will not usually be able to equal the productivity of a more experienced operator but with support and supervision from his colleagues he will pick things up every day. Be aware, though, that everyone brings something to the process: He might be slow but he might also have learnt a few techniques that make life easier – and safer. Equally, the more experienced, senior colleague may be quick but may also have picked up a few bad habits along the way. This type of give-and-take has been going on in the workplace for ever and is just as valuable now as it has ever been.

CPD could also be used in forming a nationally recognized, auditable and credible structure to acknowledge individual operators training, certification and career progression, a register of Tree Work Operatives. This scheme would have a large advantage if it could be made to happen, but cost would be the main barrier to progress.

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Some Benefits of eLearning in the Construction Industry

These are some benefits of eLearning in the construction industry

Construction industry today is much more complex than it used to be in the past. In the recent past, especially, there has been an exponential increase in the complexity of the sector.  The reason behind this complexity is the adoption and implementation of the International Billing Code (IBC) throughout the most of the United States. Indeed, there are other factors behind the complexity too. Such factors include government regulations imposed by agencies, including Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Another very important factor that has given rise to complexities in the construction sector is the recent increase in severe weather events, such as hurricanes.

All the aforementioned factors have contributed to the increase in complexities in the construction sector. Projects of all sizes, including new constructions and renovations have undergone several complex changes now. Business owners and leaders are constantly training their employees and workforce to handle the increased complexity of handling different construction projects in today’s modern world.

The business owners are now faced with a challenge to increase and enhance the knowledge of their employees quickly and in an efficient manner to meet the expectations of their customers and that too at good, competitive costs to stay ahead in the game. So, eLearning has become vitally important these days. Leaders can train their employees using valuable electronic resources and grow faster in the modern world.

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Convenience – construction industry employers like to take advantage of down time in their project schedules in order to provide training for their employees. When using standard brick and mortar training resources, employers need to schedule employees to go to a site to be trained. By using eLearning resources, construction firms can implement training on the fly to take advantage of downtime on sites as a result of job delays such as inclement weather conditions.

Save Money – the cost for sending employees off site for training is much higher when compared to eLearning. The costs of training off site include travel, fuel, parking as well as airfare, hotels and per diem when the travel to the training site involves overnight stays. eLearning limits the costs of training by eliminating these associated costs.

Self-Paced for Employees – all employees learn at a different pace. Some employees learn content faster than others. And some go to a deeper level of understanding than other employees do. The use of eLearning technology allows employees to learn at a pace that more closely matches their learning styles instead of having to adopt the same pace as a larger group class.

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Construction Sector Finally Returns To Growth

The construction sector in the UK finally returns to growth but still needs more growth


The construction sector is one of the most diverse and broad sectors. It is one of the few such sectors which offer work and growth to everybody. In addition to being diverse, the construction sector is also one of the most productive and profitable sectors. Furthermore, construction also leads to the development of small communities, areas, cities and ultimately, the country. Just like the other countries of the world, construction was also considered a very strong and prolific sector in the United Kingdom.

Unfortunately, the construction sector faced a slump in the country in September this year. The good news, however, is this that the construction firms in the UK have now started to recover slightly from the decline. It must be noted that, the slight lift is not enough to inspire future investments in the construction sector.

The slight increased activity in the construction area can solely be attributed to residential projects and house building, since the commercial sector and infrastructure have continued to decline since October. There is little hope as the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) score shifted up to 50.8 from 48.1 in September. Any number above 50 on the index indicates growth.

This article provides information regarding the current scenario of the construction sector in the United Kingdom and sheds some light on the future of this sector in the country.

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Tim Moore of IHS Markit, which produces the PMI scores, said that while a rise in house building had offered a “bright spot” it was a difficult month for the construction sector. Commercial activity and civil engineers were seeing “sustained declines”, he added.

The sector is far from out of the woods, according to Samuel Tombs of Pantheon Economics. The PMI score was consistent with a fall in output of 0.5pc quarter-on-quarter in the last three months of the year, he said. Duncan Brock, of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, said that the sector needed to rebalance away from house building, and called for action on skills from the Chancellor Philip Hammond in his November Budget.

Author: Anna Isaac

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