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Transform handling operations with QUASAR

Transform handling operations with QUASAR

Award-winning battery technology cuts both operating and capital costs. Almost every one of the 3,000 business executives in a survey reported by the influential magazine Forbes believed their companies lacked the capability to address major changes. * That doesn’t come as a surprise to Tom Burgess, Managing Director of international

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Aggreko Batteries Save Keltbray Over 200 Tonnes of Carbon in a Year

Aggreko Batteries Save Keltbray Over 200 Tonnes of Carbon in a Year

New analysis of site data from 12 Keltbray construction projects has revealed staggering savings since the business introduced Aggreko’s battery technologies to decarbonise its power usage and reduce running costs.  Keltbray is a construction engineering specialist delivering integrated solutions for complex building and infrastructure sectors across the UK. Recognised by

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Werner towers high with the launch of its PROPLUS Mobile Access Tower

Werner towers high with the launch of its PROPLUS Mobile Access Tower

Werner, the leading manufacturer of height access solutions, has announced the launch of its PROPLUS Mobile Access Tower. This new mobile tower, which boasts an ergonomic lightweight modular system, is designed to reach up to 5.4m, providing a safe and stable platform for industry professionals working at height. The PROPLUS

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MGISS partners with Leica Geosystems to drive a data-centric approach for Asset Managers

MGISS partners with Leica Geosystems to drive a data-centric approach for Asset Managers

MGISS, one of the UK’s leading geospatial technology companies, has signed a partnership agreement with Leica Geosystems to drive a data-driven approach to the capture, management, and exploitation of asset information. AI, Data Analytics and Machine Learning are increasingly being used to drive value within utility and infrastructure organisations and it’s essential

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SOCOTEC UK Provides temporary Monitoring System for Railway Assets

SOCOTEC UK Provides temporary Monitoring System for Railway Assets

SOCOTEC UK’s Monitoring team were approached to provide a temporary/rental system to monitor the railway assets adjacent to the temporary works on a railway bridge, located on River Way, Harlow, Essex. The client, Essex Highways, and Network Rail required assurance that any structural movements were in-line with predicted ground movements

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uvex launches 14 new safety footwear styles

uvex launches 14 new safety footwear styles

uvex has released an array of cutting-edge safety footwear that is suitable for use across a range of different work environments. The 14 new styles incorporate the latest uvex technologies to enhance wearability, ensure quality and maximise sustainability. The uvex 3 lace-up boot S3 SRC reliably protects the wearer and provides high levels

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BDC 318 : Jul 2024

Products & Materials : Tools & Equipment News

Transform handling operations with QUASAR

Transform handling operations with QUASAR

Award-winning battery technology cuts both operating and capital costs. Almost every one of the 3,000 business executives in a survey reported by the influential magazine Forbes believed their companies lacked the capability to address major changes. * That doesn’t come as a surprise to Tom Burgess, Managing Director of international specialist Triathlon Battery Solutions: “Making major changes can be disruptive. The bigger the change, the greater the risk, both for the organisation and the individual instigating it. “It’s one of the key reasons why our award-winning new QUASAR battery is proving so successful. Businesses currently operating either IC engine or traditional lead acid powered trucks can make massive cost savings and improvements to productivity – at low or no risk.” Here’s why. QUASAR provides a clean, no-compromise answer for organisations looking to switch away from diesel to a greener alternative (without sacrificing any power or go-anywhere performance). Developed to excel in the most demanding applications – including prolonged operation in extremely low temperatures with no power drop-off – QUASAR really comes into its own in heavy duty and multi-shift operations. For those wishing to replace or upgrade lead acid battery fleets, QUASAR is a total game-changer. It offers 25% greater run-time than traditional batteries, and typically delivers additional shifts. Full re-charge times are slashed by 50% and to keep you working even longer, QUASAR batteries can be opportunity charged. “QUASAR represents a much smaller step than committing to lithium-ion whilst offering almost all the same benefits,” explains Tom Burgess. “Not only is QUASAR cheaper than lithium-ion but it is potentially less disruptive, as some premises do not have the necessary power supply to sustain the high loads required for large numbers of recharging points… or can only achieve it at significant additional cost.” Perhaps the biggest bonus at the outset is the reduction in capital costs. Switching from traditional lead acid to QUASAR means fewer batteries and fewer chargers (plus all the associated equipment). Along with significantly lower capital investment, it also frees up additional valuable space. Tom Burgess adds: “As part of a world-leading organisation offering every type of battery technology, I believe QUASAR offers distinct advantages over both lithium-ion and traditional lead acid. Perhaps most important of all though, the benefits can be achieved with little or no disruption or risk.” To find out more aboutQUASAR, call 0161 6699180 or visit www.triathlon-batteries.co.uk/enhanced-lead-acid-batteries/ *https://www.forbes.com/sites/kathymillerperkins/2022/01/06/report-shows-anxious-leaders-in-2022-here-is-how-to-address-culture-fears/?sh=7e5cc28b28b7

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Aggreko Batteries Save Keltbray Over 200 Tonnes of Carbon in a Year

Aggreko Batteries Save Keltbray Over 200 Tonnes of Carbon in a Year

New analysis of site data from 12 Keltbray construction projects has revealed staggering savings since the business introduced Aggreko’s battery technologies to decarbonise its power usage and reduce running costs.  Keltbray is a construction engineering specialist delivering integrated solutions for complex building and infrastructure sectors across the UK. Recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) for its efforts to quantifiably reduce the carbon emissions on its projects, the business is continually looking at new processes, technologies, and forward-thinking suppliers to partner with to continue such work. Data-led Improvement At the helm of its sustainability agenda is Kiro Tamer, Head of Environmental Sustainability, and ICE Carbon Champion. In 2021, Kiro approached Aggreko for support with Keltbray’s site power provision due to the capability of its specialist telemetry systems, which would allow the company to monitor equipment remotely. This was of particular interest to Kiro and his team as it would allow them to start monitoring power equipment performance around the clock to better inform their decarbonisation strategy. Battery Viability and Versatility In early 2022, Aggreko Sector Engineer Kath Argent began working in partnership with Keltbray to audit its power requirements across certain sites and identified the common issue of generator oversizing. Kath comments: “We often see hired equipment that is oversized as an attempted level of resilience, but it also means it is often running at less than 30% load and therefore inefficient. Aggreko right-sizes its equipment and implements other techniques, such as load on demand, for maximum efficiency.” Kath and her team also introduced battery energy storage system (BESS) technology as part of Aggreko’s Greener Upgrades portfolio. According to Aggreko, while the sustainable benefits of batteries have long been undisputed, until recently there had been low uptake across the construction industry due to the perceptions the technology was in its infancy. Kiro comments: “We wanted to look at batteries for some time, but it also needed to make commercial sense and market conditions just hadn’t made it viable until that point. When fuel prices started to rise around April, that’s when things started to change. Since then, the adoption of the technology has come along so quickly.” Throughout 2022, Keltbray introduced Aggreko’s battery storage systems on 12 projects which spanned six different counties. It included a wide array of developments such as the construction of the iconic East London neighborhood at Silvertown Keys, maintenance of a cargo shed at Heathrow Airport, new flood defenses for Sheffield City Council, a new housing development for a leading UK housebuilder and a large infrastructure project concerning the A30. Kiro adds: “The versatility of this technology is demonstrated via the wide variety of projects and sites we have been able to introduce it into, making it a fundamental part of our decarbonisation strategy. In just 12 months, we went from using no batteries, to them accounting for at least 25% of our temporary power procurement with Aggreko.” Staggering Savings As part of its commitment to work in partnership with Keltbray to help achieve its Net Zero goals, Aggreko’s insights team used its specialist telemetry system to analyse data from the 12 projects spanning 2022. By looking at load information and comparing traditional generator-only running costs against the new hybrid running costs, they were able to evaluate a reduction of over 200 tonnes of carbon. This was the result of saving over 75,000 litres of fuel, which equated to over £100,000 in fuel costs. Kiro adds: “Our industry is working relentlessly to become more sustainable, but there are still many hurdles to overcome. Power procurement has never been simple, and I think there is a general lack of understanding on how to reduce reliance on diesel generators where there is no access to the grid. But there are solutions out there – as evidenced in this sustainability success story. For those who want to reap the rewards, the technology is there for the taking and companies like Aggreko can help implement it smartly and quickly.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Grosvenor House the Scene of Hire Industry Excellence on Glitzy Awards Night

Grosvenor House the Scene of Hire Industry Excellence on Glitzy Awards Night

Another year, another stellar Hire Association Europe Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) Hire Awards of Excellence is in the bag with the glamorous evening having taken place on Saturday 22 April 2023. In its sixteenth year in our nation’s capital, the industry’s showpiece event took place at Grosvenor House, London. The show, itself an award winner having scored the Best Longstanding Event at the Association Excellence Awards, celebrates the outstanding achievements of hire and supply companies across the UK’s plant, tool, equipment and event hire industries. As CEO Paul Gaze said on the night: “People really are our greatest asset, and it is important that as a sector we work together to help promote careers and look for a much wider and broader range of candidates. We have some inspiring finalists for the 2023 Awards.” This year’s host was former Royal Marine and Elite Team Coach, Scotty Mills. The ‘secret weapon’ behind the success of the England football team at the 2018 World Cup kept everyone entertained and inspired with his commentary throughout the evening. The first accolade of the evening was for the Outstanding Contribution to Hire Award. With many worthy recipients across the plant, tool, equipment and event hire sectors this is an extremely tough award to give. But with 23 years’ experience across the sector and for championing improvements to the way the hire industry tackles mental health, Asif Latief, Managing Director of Boels Rental, took the applause and the award. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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Werner towers high with the launch of its PROPLUS Mobile Access Tower

Werner towers high with the launch of its PROPLUS Mobile Access Tower

Werner, the leading manufacturer of height access solutions, has announced the launch of its PROPLUS Mobile Access Tower. This new mobile tower, which boasts an ergonomic lightweight modular system, is designed to reach up to 5.4m, providing a safe and stable platform for industry professionals working at height. The PROPLUS Mobile Access Tower is easy to erect, with the stackable system allowing users to build up to three working heights. Designed with a sturdy platform at the top of the tower featuring a trapdoor for easy access, it also has toe boards around the platform to prevent tools from falling. Certified to the latest EN 1004-1:2020 safety standard, this new tower features swivel castors which enable it to be moved easily, as well as a folding base frame single unit for quick and simple assembly. The compact base unit can also fit in the boot of most cars or vans, perfect for those using it on the move. Carolina Marino, Regional Product Manager UK, Tower & Platform Laddersat Werner, said: “The new PROPLUS Mobile Access Tower has been designed with trade professionals in mind, offering them a stackable, safe and secure platform for working at height. Workers can quickly and easily assemble the tower according to their needs thanks to the three different working heights of 2.65m, 3.65m and 5.40m, each of which contains a variety of components.” This sturdy platform has a load capacity of 184kg, as well as 250mm rung spacing up the side of the frame, enabling easy climbing to the top platform. Offering a lightweight, adjustable and sturdy solution, the tower also features stabilisers on each corner of the frame, providing improved stability and designed to bring height safety to any job. The Werner PROPLUS Mobile Access Tower is now available nationally. To find out more visitwernerco.co.uk To find out more about Werner’s range of products, please visit wernerco.co.uk Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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MGISS partners with Leica Geosystems to drive a data-centric approach for Asset Managers

MGISS partners with Leica Geosystems to drive a data-centric approach for Asset Managers

MGISS, one of the UK’s leading geospatial technology companies, has signed a partnership agreement with Leica Geosystems to drive a data-driven approach to the capture, management, and exploitation of asset information. AI, Data Analytics and Machine Learning are increasingly being used to drive value within utility and infrastructure organisations and it’s essential that the asset data being used is accurate and richly attributed to deliver the required results. The development of Digital Twins, BIM and GIS are demonstrating the value of a data-driven approach to industry challenges surrounding productivity, resilience, and asset performance. By placing easy to use Apps leveraging high accuracy satellite positioning in the hands of field users, the capture, management, and utilisation of authoritative asset information has become more accessible to those tasked with maintaining the asset estate. MGISS have been servicing the needs of utility, infrastructure, and environmental clients for more than 10 years. With asset data management often seen as a cost centre, the team are keen to ensure clients can leverage their leverage investment in asset information as part of MGISS’s development of insight services to build asset management as a value centre. The inclusion of Leica Geosystems Zeno range of products to the portfolio will enable MGISS to operate with increased confidence across the UK’s Utility, Infrastructure, and environmental communities to drive economic value, resilience, and improved sustainability. The Zeno product range will allow us to support our clients on their preferred Windows, iOS or Android platform and enable workflows that easily integrate with GIS systems including Esri.  Michael Darracott, Managing Director at MGISS, said: “This wider and more customer-focussed relationship with Leica Geosystems will strengthen our solution portfolio, support our plans for growth, and provide our customers with more readily integrated technologies to underpin their customer, operational, and sustainability goals in an increasingly challenging environment”.  Jonn Hicks, Managing Director at Leica Geosystems, said “It was a very easy decision for us to partner with the team at MGISS. With their extensive industry experience and expertise, we are looking forward to working with them to provide Leica Geosystems GNSS sensors to deliver accurate data for the asset management market.”  Find out more by visiting www.mgiss.co.uk  Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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First Mats Unveils New and Improved IBC Bunds Range, Offering Customers Greater Choice and Savings

First Mats Unveils New and Improved IBC Bunds Range, Offering Customers Greater Choice and Savings

First Mats, Birmingham’s leading workplace products specialist, today announced the launch of their revamped range of Intermediate Bulk Container (IBC) Bunds. The company has expanded its offerings, providing customers with a more diverse and complete selection of products at significantly reduced prices. The new IBC Bunds fully comply with UK regulations and have a three-year guarantee on many products. IBC Bunds are essential containment systems designed to prevent leakage and spillage of hazardous materials stored in Intermediate Bulk Containers. These containers are commonly used to transport and store chemicals, oils, and other potentially harmful substances. Bunds play a crucial role in minimising the risk of environmental damage and ensuring workplace safety. “We are proud to present our new range of IBC Bunds, which offers our customers an even better selection of high-quality, compliant containment products,” said Richard O’Connor, Marketing Director at First Mats. “We have worked tirelessly to develop this new range that meets industry standards while offering significant cost savings for our customers.” Customers can conveniently order their new IBC Bunds from the First Mats website (www.firstmats.co.uk) or by contacting the award-nominated sales and support team. About First Mats First Mats is a Birmingham-based workplace products specialist dedicated to providing high-quality products and outstanding customer service. With years of experience in the industry, First Mats offers a comprehensive range of products, including IBC Bunds, safety matting, and a wide variety of workplace essentials. The company is committed to ensuring the highest standards of safety and compliance for businesses across the UK. For more information, please visit www.firstmats.co.uk or contact the sales and support team at info@firstmats.co.uk or by phone at 0121 702 1659. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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SOCOTEC UK Provides temporary Monitoring System for Railway Assets

SOCOTEC UK Provides temporary Monitoring System for Railway Assets

SOCOTEC UK’s Monitoring team were approached to provide a temporary/rental system to monitor the railway assets adjacent to the temporary works on a railway bridge, located on River Way, Harlow, Essex. The client, Essex Highways, and Network Rail required assurance that any structural movements were in-line with predicted ground movements and that any significant movement trends could be identified at an early stage. SOCOTEC UK’s Monitoring team proposed a monitoring system that included 75m of track tilts installed at 3m c/c spacing on each line, critical rail thermometers, both tilt and vibration monitoring on the bridge piers, and tilt monitoring on the surrounding OHLE supports. SOCOTEC’s scope also included baseline and close-out track geometry surveys, with additional surveys as required if any significant movement had been detected by the automated system. This provided further assurance to the client and Network Rail that all movements were being accurately reported. The installation works and initial track geometry survey were completed over a single possession lasting 5.5 hours. The data was hosted online, giving the client and Network Rail live access to the data and direct email alerts if any trigger values were exceeded throughout the duration of works. SOCOTEC UK’s temporary monitoring system provided assurance to the client and Network Rail that any structural movements were in-line with predicted ground movements and that any significant movement trends could be identified at an early stage. This allowed for quick response times and corrective action if needed, minimising potential downtime or disruptions to train services. SOCOTEC UK’s monitoring system provided effective and reliable monitoring of railway assets adjacent to a temporary worksite. The automated system allowed for a quick and accurate reporting of any significant movement trends, providing assurance to the client and Network Rail that their assets were being monitored and protected.  If you have a monitoring project to discuss, please get in touch. Contact us. Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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EnviroHoard protects boundary for installation of Demon by Bowl at Greenwich Peninsula

EnviroHoard® protects boundary for installation of Demon by Bowl at Greenwich Peninsula

Panthera Group was awarded the hoarding contract to secure the site for the installation of a 60ft Damian Hirst sculpture at the Greenwich Peninsula by the Thames in London. Following in the footsteps of Venice and Las Vegas, the ‘Demon with Bowl’ bronze sculpture is being brought to South East London as part of the developer’s vision to make the area the capital’s most boldly modern landscape. Prior to the installation, Panthera Group was contracted to supply and erect 151m of net zero carbon EnviroHoard® 2.4 to the perimeter of the area to ensure a safe working site for contractors and to protect the public from the works. A further 30m length of the sustainable hoarding was installed round the compound area. Both lengths feature environmentally-friendly, custom printed graphics designed to keep the public informed of the transformation of the area. The whole of North Greenwich is being transformed with housing, businesses and a design centre which has a mission to bring together culture, community, design and architecture to create a vibrant 21st Century Space. The site is adjacent to Silvertown Tunnel construction project designed to ease traffic flow in the locality. EnviroHoard® from Panthera Group has also been used to secure the boundary of that ongoing project. Neal James is Managing Director of Panthera Group and was responsible for developing the net carbon zero hoarding solution which has gained considerable traction with Tier 1 and 2 contractors, as well as smaller construction companies that are looking to eliminate carbon from building projects; “We are delighted that EnviroHoard® is now being specified by some of the UK’s leading businesses on many game changing projects in the South East, including Greenwich Peninsula. Over 60% of our hoarding contracts now specify EnviroHoard®, with its fully recycled and recyclable uPVC panels, low carbon Enviroblok™ and durable steel frame. This means we’re not felling trees to use virgin timber for single use hoarding projects. In fact, EnviroHoard® can be used over and over again offering not only environmental benefits, but commercial ones too.” Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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uvex launches 14 new safety footwear styles

uvex launches 14 new safety footwear styles

uvex has released an array of cutting-edge safety footwear that is suitable for use across a range of different work environments. The 14 new styles incorporate the latest uvex technologies to enhance wearability, ensure quality and maximise sustainability. The uvex 3 lace-up boot S3 SRC reliably protects the wearer and provides high levels of comfort in heavy-duty industrial applications. It combines necessary robustness with a sports-inspired energy-return sole that helps to minimise fatigue thanks to uvex i-PUREnrj technology. uvex anklepro technology provides protection against painful impact due to the shock absorbing foam that encases the ankle area, while uvex climazone climate management system helps regulate the temperature inside the footwear as well as wicking perspiration away from the skin for increased health, comfort and wellbeing. The safety boot is available in black and black/yellow. The new uvex 2 construction has been developed to meet the specific challenges of the construction and engineering industries, where workers and their footwear face extreme weather conditions and high mechanical stress. The leather construction features new uvex waterstop technology, which protects against water penetration for four times longer than required by the European standard without compromising breathability. A penetration-resistant steel midsole also protects against nails and sharp objects. The uvex 1 G2 combines three innovative technologies. The first is uvex i-PUREnrj technology offers increased stability, very high levels of shock absorption as well as energy-return. The recovered landing energy over the entire sole unit is returned to the wearer providing a boost of energy, greater comfort and significantly lower fatigue in the legs and feet. The uvex x-tended grip technology guarantees even more stability and safety when walking thanks to optimised abrasion resistance and slip resistance, while uvex x-dry knit technology combines outstanding breathability with water-repellent characteristics. Five new models include boots and shoes with S1 and S3 protection. Designed for various applications, the new uvex 1 G2 planet shoe S1 P SRC offers sustainability without compromising on comfort or performance. Many of the shoe’s components, such as the upper and insole, are made from 100 per cent recycled materials, and the injected polyurethane midsole contains up to 20 per cent granulate made using PU waste from uvex’ production processes. The uvex 1 sport white safety shoe line combines sporty design, premium comfort and sophisticated functionality for hygienic areas. Key features include a lightweight design, climate-optimised high-tech materials, ergonomically designed outsole with excellent anti-slip properties (SRC). Two shoe styles are available in S2 SRC and S3 SRC. The uvex 1 business safety range places equal value on style, safety and comfort and is the ideal choice for those who work in both office and factory environments. Protective features include an extra-wide robust steel toecap, metal-free penetration-resistant midsole (S3 versions only) and non-slip outsole for excellent protection. Wearers also benefit from a comfortable fit with no pressure points, while uvex climazone technology reduces the build-up of moisture. Now available in black microvelour or black hydrophobic full-grain leather, the new models can be teamed with chinos, a suit or your work trousers for the ultimate business-casual look. The final new style now available from uvex comes from brand partner Heckel. The Heckel MACCROSSROAD 3.0 S3 HIGH META safety boot features ultra-flexible D3O® technology to ensure optimal metatarsal protection against falling objects, particularly for those working in the construction and public works sectors or in heavy industry. Commenting on the launch of the new footwear range, head of marketing at uvex, Clair Weston says: “A big launch like this is always exciting but especially as the pandemic had such an impact on the availability of raw materials used in safety footwear uppers across the whole industry.  “This new range is therefore hotly anticipated and, we believe well worth the wait. “We have styles to suit a wide range of applications and our footwear development team have worked hard to ensure that each model has been designed with four key elements in mind: wearability for optimal protection, fit and comfort; quality to ensure optimal cost-in-use; and last but not least, sustainability, so wearers can protect both themselves and the planet.” To find out more about the new range of safety footwear from uvex please visit: www.uvex-safety.co.uk Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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The Scaffolding Association officially announces the date for the second annual ‘National Scaffolding Week’ (NSW)

The Scaffolding Association officially announces the date for the second annual ‘National Scaffolding Week’ (NSW)

The campaign, which will run from 9th – 13th October 2023, will provide a much-needed platform on which to showcase the diverse range of career options available within the scaffolding and access industry. With the recent lack of uptake in roles within construction being well publicised, NSW aims to inspire a new generation, be that school leavers or career changers, to take up a role within scaffolding. NSW promotes scaffolding as a viable and rewarding career option for everyone regardless of age, gender or background but it also provides the opportunity to celebrate some of the great achievements of organisations and individuals already operating within the sector and showcase best practices, innovation and the sheer dedication to quality and competence which already exists. There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved in NSW – regardless of your current circumstances. The website will host a range of resources to guide and support those looking to take up a role in scaffolding including a blog, useful links and insights into life in scaffolding. For those already working in the industry, NSW is a chance to celebrate your sector – a digital campaign toolkit will be available for download and will comprise a range of digital assets to help you show your support online. After the success of last year, NSW will once again open nominations to find the UK’s ‘Scaffolding Stars’ – an individual that has gone over and above in their role, demonstrating the determination and dedication of the scaffolding sector. Robert Candy, Chief Executive, Scaffolding Association said; “It was fantastic to see the support that last year’s National Scaffolding Week attracted – with organisations and individuals from across the sector coming together to stand in support of a common goal. This year we hope to build on last year’s success and establish NSW as the annual celebration flying the flag for the scaffolding and access industry.” To stay up-to-date with everything happening during National Scaffolding Week, visit: www.nationalscaffoldingweek.com Building, Design & Construction Magazine | The Choice of Industry Professionals 

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