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NHBC highlights most reported health and safety risks on-site

Ahead of its Health and Safety Awards in May, the National House Building Council (NHBC) is putting the spotlight on some of the leading, and easiest to fix, health and safety risks on building sites.

Lack of gender diversity actively discouraging young women from plumbing careers

New survey findings show that over half of young women aged 18-24 (53%) are put off electrical and plumbing careers because of concerns about a lack of gender diversity in the existing workforce, according to research commissioned by ECA, JTL and JIB.

Cheltenham heating and electrical firms merge to form SW&L

Local businesses joined friends and family of Cheltenham-based companies Shackleton & Wintle and WJL Electrical at Malmaison Hotel to celebrate the relaunch of the two companies under the new joint brand, SW&L.

World Cup rugby star announced as role model for female engineers

Marlie Packer, HomeServe plumber and England World Cup winning rugby star, has been named as a role model for female engineers by WISE.

Hotun Hiflo Dry Trap Tundish tested to 19.5l/min performance

Testing by UKAS-accredited test house, NSF International Laboratories, has confirmed that the Hotun Hiflo Dry Trap Tundish can cope with flows up to 19.5l/min.

Spirotech celebrates 50th with #SpiroVent50 competition

Spirotech has launched its #SpiroVent50 competition, celebrating 50 years since the company launched its SpiroVent range of deaeration products.

WorldSkills UK report reveals “shocking” gender equality problems

A new report from WorldSkills UK has revealed that young women in the UK feel limited by their gender when it comes to career options.

BESA appointed as end point training assessor

The Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) has been appointed as a Registered End Point Assessment Organisation (RoEPAO), which allows it to assess new training standards in England.

Jon Belfield appointed as BCIA President

Jon Belfield has been appointed the new President of the Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA).

HHIC launches consumer guide to gas boiler servicing

The Heating and Hot Water Industry Council (HHIC) has produced a new guide, detailing what consumers should expect when having their gas boiler serviced.

Dame Judith Hackitt calls for rethink of Apprenticeship Levy

Dame Judith Hackitt has called upon the government to rethink the Apprenticeship Levy, during a speech at the Semta Skills Awards in London.

FMB research reveals that construction apprentices can earn more than university graduates

Construction apprentices will go on to earn thousands of pounds more, every year, than many of their university-educated counterparts, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

BPMA joins EURIS Taskforce

The European Union Relationship and Industrial Strategy (EURIS) Taskforce has announced the addition of the British Pump Manufacturers Association (BPMA), taking the total number of EURIS member associations to 11.

APHC pledges support for World Plumbing Day 2018

Taking place on March 11, World Plumbing Day recognises the important role that plumbing plays in everyone’s health and safety.

National Grid issues gas deficit warning

The National Grid has today warned of a shortfall in the UK's gas supply.

Liberate Academy opens for gas engineers in Salford

The Liberate Academy, in Salford, has been launched this week including an Accredited Certification Scheme (ACS) testing centre.

Wolseley UK appoints new Managing Director

Wolseley UK has announced the appointment of Mark Higson as its new Managing Director, with effect from 1 March 2018.

Construction industry third worst for unwanted sexual attention, research reveals

New research has uncovered that as many as four fifths of Britons have experienced unwanted sexual attention in the workplace.

Two thirds of illegal gas work carried out in homes is unsafe, says Gas Safe Register

Data from Gas Safe Register’s Investigation’s Team has revealed the top 10 cities in the UK at risk of living with dangerous gas appliances from illegal gas work.

LPG installers urged to enter Calor community fund campaign

LPG heating installers nationwide are being encouraged to take part in Calor’s 2018 Rural Community Fund campaign.

Sime launches integrated boiler and heat pump

Sime has launched the Murelle Revolution 30, a completely integrated boiler and heat pump in a single cased product.

APHC launches new GDPR service to aid members

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) has launched a new service to help its members deal with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will become law on 25 May.

Xpelair urges installers not to overlook indoor air pollution

New research has revealed that chemicals in everyday objects can be just as harmful as vehicle emissions, and Xpelair is urging installers to place a renewed focus on improving indoor air quality.

British Gas parent company Centrica to cut 4,000 jobs

Centrica, the parent company of British Gas, has announced its plans to cut 4,000 jobs before 2020 in its preliminary 2017 financial results announcement.

Trade apprentices to earn £2,000 above the national average by 2022, says Screwfix

According to research conducted by Screwfix, plumbing apprentices are set to earn at least £2,500 a year more than the national average by 2022, bringing their average salary to over £27,500.

New CEO for heating oil trade association

Guy Pulham is the new Chief Executive of heating oil trade association The Federation of Petroleum Suppliers (FPS).

Pimlico Plumbers to sell £20m stake in expansion effort

Pimlico Plumbers has unveiled plans for a £20 million investment programme to support its continued growth.

Graham Plumbers' Merchant to trial hybrid delivery vehicles

Graham Plumbers’ Merchant has introduced a new hybrid delivery vehicle as part of the company’s continuing commitment to reducing the environmental impact of its operations

Arco warns of carcinogenic dangers found in some safety gloves

Safety product manufacturer Arco is warning tradespeople about the dangers associated with some leather safety gloves currently available on the market.

New chimney safety group forms

Organisations responsible for the safety and maintenance of chimneys and flues have come together to form a Chimney Safety Group to promote and offer solutions to chimney related problems in the UK.

APHC to launch free Each Home Counts regional seminar series

The Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors (APHC) is working with water treatment manufacturer Fernox and the operator of the APHC business and legal advice line, Croner, to host six free regional seminars designed to update plumbing and heating engineers on the Each Home Counts Review and provide insight into how businesses can protect themselves from potential boiler warranty claims and employment status claims from contractors.

New partnership to offer cashflow solution for SIG customers

SME funding provider Ultimate Finance has entered into a partnership with SIG, a leading distributor of specialist building products in the UK, to support SMEs by ensuring a lack of funds is a thing of the past.

Van drivers benefit from cuts to insurance

Van drivers are benefiting from cuts to insurance bills as price rises slowed and fell in the past six months, according to analysis from Consumer Intelligence.

UK Construction Week promises “greater equality and diversity” for 2018 show

UK Construction Week (UKCW), which includes HVAC 2018, has released a new guide for its exhibitors to promote greater equality, diversity and inclusion in their marketing at the show.

ECA and BESA make joint submission to government retentions consultation

BESA and ECA have issued an action plan to government in response to its cash retentions consultation.

Installers First's Gas Engineer Training & Skills Assembly is a success

Installers First held its first 2018 event, the Gas Engineer Training & Skills Assembly, on 7 February.

Plumbase and Polypipe team up for BPEC-accredited UFH training course

Independent plumbers' merchant Plumbase and underfloor heating (UFH) manufacturer Polypipe have teamed up to enrol installers on a BPEC-accredited UFH training scheme.

BSRIA supports “reformed” RHI scheme

BSRIA has announced its support of the “reformed and refocused scheme” for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) issued by government.

Former British Gas employee sentenced for illegal gas work

A former employee of British Gas has been sentenced after conducting liquid petroleum gas (LPG) work he was not registered or competent to do, and leaving it in a dangerous condition.

Semta report supports use of qualifications in apprenticeships

The new Institute for Apprenticeships policy of allowing off-the-job technical qualifications in apprenticeships will be welcomed by the engineering sector, says Semta.

HMRC employment status tool could misclassify workers, warns Hudson Contract

HMRC has introduced an online employment status indicator tool for plumbing and other construction companies who engage, and make payments to, sub-contractors on a self-employed basis.

Contractor fined following gas explosion at domestic property

A contractor has been fined after a gas explosion at a domestic property in Lesmahagow.

Call for increased cost cap on landlord funding contribution

A London Assembly motion agreed today (8 February) calls for the Mayor to support an increase of the landlord funding contribution cost cap to £5,000 in his Fuel Poverty Action Plan.

OFTEC calls for policy intervention with winter deaths on the rise

OFTEC is calling for urgent policy intervention to improve energy efficiency for vulnerable rural households.

BCIA expands dates for controls training courses

The Building Controls Industry Association (BCIA) has released more dates for its new BCM01-BCM06 training courses, which are available throughout the year at various locations.

Woodsure calls for more care with solid fuel choice

The Ready to Burn campaign has responded to the government’s call for evidence on the use of solid fuels for domestic heating.

Unexpected boiler repairs cost UK homes over £725m last year

UK households have paid out more than £725 million in unexpected boiler repair bills in the past year, according to data from uSwitch.com.

World Plumbing Day is coming up

The Chartered Institute of Plumbing and Heating Engineering (CIPHE) is reminding the industry that 11 March 2018 is World Plumbing Day.

Jaga UK responds to product certification concerns

Jaga UK has responded to concerns raised about its Maxi LST radiator.

APHC Certification looks for new Field Assessors

APHC Certification (APHCC) is currently looking to appoint a number of freelance Field Assessors for its various certification schemes.