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How often should scaffolding be inspected?

Health and safety is fundamental in construction and scaffolding erectors are responsible for providing a safe place for their employees to work. We explain how scaffolding should be inspected and who should be in charge of these inspections to ensure that it meets all safety…

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How to get a forklift licence

If you’re looking for a career as a forklift driver, getting a forklift licence is a good way of improving your job prospects as it will immediately attract potential employers. It also ensures you’re able to operate the machinery safely and efficiently. For any future…

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How to become a scaffolder

Whether a project is working on a house extension, fixing a damaged roof or setting up a stand at a sporting event, the job is guaranteed to require the service of a specialist scaffolder. If you’re interested in entering the construction industry, here’s everything you…

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What is piling in construction?

What is piling?  Piling is the process of inserting structural piles into the ground with the purpose of giving buildings foundational support. They’re used to transfer the load from heavy structures onto hard rock or soils that have higher bearing capacity. They’re particularly useful on…

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What do you need to work in construction in the UK?

What does a construction worker do?  Construction workers carry out various manual labour tasks on construction sites, from loading and unloading materials to installing drainage systems. The role involves a mix of responsibilities and working on several projects at once, meaning every day entails something…

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What does MEP mean in construction?

MEP, or mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering, are the three disciplines involved in making sure buildings are suitable and welcoming for human occupancy. There’s lots of interaction between MEP installations, so they’re often addressed together to avoid any conflicts in location of equipment, which can…

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What size excavator do I need?

There are some jobs that just can’t be done without an excavator. They provide digging power, mobility and the ability to dig out and lift large amounts of earth and waste away almost effortlessly. Building construction, road construction and demolitions are just a few tasks…

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How to become a telehandler driver

Telescopic handlers or telehandlers are widely used in the construction, logistics and agriculture industries, primarily because of just how versatile they are. Their booms can be fitted with attachments such as buckets, winches and pallet forks, lifting heavy loads onto elevated platforms. Taking a telehandler…

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Accidents in the Construction Industry: Report

Fatal accidents up almost 10% since 2016/17, with 50% of fatalities due to falling from height, according to latest HSE data This study was conducted by Herts Tools, specialists providers of plant hire in London. If you’d like to use graphics or data from the…

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What is Plant Hire?

Plant hire involves the rental of construction equipment and machinery, from forklift trucks to telehandlers. It provides those working in the construction industry with an alternative to purchasing their own equipment. How does plant hire work?  Plant hire is a service which allows those involved…

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What is a tender in construction & what’s the process?

Tenders and the tender process is likely to be a crucial part of the work of a construction contractor. They’re central to the procurement process within the construction and built environment sector and are used by those planning the work to ensure quality, efficiency and…

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What is a non-standard construction?

As a contractor, you’ll be familiar with the prefabricated concrete homes built at the end of World War II. These houses might have been the most common type of non-standard construction in the UK, but there are many more to be aware of. Today, affordable,…

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What time can building work start in a residential area?

We’re probably all familiar with the fact that building work can be noisy and disruptive. And we know that builders prefer to start working fairly early in the morning so that they can get as much work as possible done during the day. This can…

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Why do you need building regulations approval?

Many construction and building projects require building regulations approval (often referred to as ‘building regs’) in order to confirm that the planned work meets the necessary building standards. Conducting building work — whether you’re adding a conservatory to your house, converting your loft or building…

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The Mental Health in the Construction Industry Survey 2021

This study was conducted by Herts Tools, who specialise in plant hire in London & the home counties. If you’d like to re-publish any of the graphics used in this content, please get in touch and we’ll send you an embed code. Since the Covid-19…

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Tool Theft: Hotspots in London Revealed

Nearly £17.5 million worth of tools stolen in the capital in 2020 This study was conducted by London plant hire specialists Herts Tools. If you’d like to use the graphics or data from the study, please get in touch. With restrictions on non-essential building work…

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How to become a construction manager

The UK construction industry presents a huge and diverse range of opportunities for people interested in a career as a construction manager. From new housing developments and office blocks to the kinds of major transport and environmental projects that can span decades, it’s an exciting…

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