SD Sealants, one of the largest
sealant and finishing groups in the UK, is branching out by launching a new
painting and decorating service across both commercial and residential sectors.
As well as it’s highly successful
sealant, cosmetic repair and tiling divisions, the company will now provide
painting and decorating services for businesses in residential, hospitality,
leisure, healthcare and retail industries to name a few.
SD has also strengthened its
management team with the appointment of Richard Courtenay, who will be heading
up the new department. Richard has over 19 years of experience in the painting
and decorating industry, having previously led a large team in the new build
and refurbishments subsector.
Nick Jones, Managing Director, SD
sealants said, “We’re really excited about launching this new service as we’ve
seen so much demand from customers who want to know if our team can offer
painting and decorating to the same high standard that we set for all of our projects.
“With Richard leading on this
expansion into a new area of the business, we will now be able to provide our
clients with the same market leading service carried out by highly skilled
professionals that they’ve come to expect from us.”
Richard Courtenay, Contracts
Manager for Painting and Decorating at SD, said: “SD Sealants is already the
UK’s leading sealant, repair and tiling specialist, so I’m delighted to have
the opportunity to build something new within the framework of a
long-established stand-out business.
“I’m looking forward to seeing
what the future holds for SD and it’s certainly a bonus to be able to bring
more business and recruitment opportunities to the South West.”
Launched in 1973, SD Sealants
originated as a family run business in Somerset that specialised in the supply
and application of sealant. Since then, the business has gone from strength to
strength – headquartered in Caldicot, Wales it was become one of the UK’s
largest tiling, repairs and sealant companies, with nine offices across
England, Scotland and Wales.
New research has unveiled that
almost half (44.3%) of businesses in the construction industry have limited or
no insight into company or project performance.
The impact of this is
significant, as analysis
from Mace, a global construction consultancy, found almost 80% of
large construction projects experience cost or program overruns and that if
project delivery does not improve, the UK taxpayer could left to pick up a tab
of around £19 billion in 10 years’ time.
The research conducted by
Bentley Systems, the design, construction, and infrastructure software
provider, of more than 720 construction professionals across the world also
found less than half (43.5%) of workers said they have no digital capabilities
for collaboration or that their information is either paper-based or siloed.
With Interserve, one of the
largest government contractors in the UK, entering administration recently and
the collapse of Carillion in 2018 triggering the largest ever trading liquidation
in the UK, the construction industry cannot afford to ignore new technology any
A toolbox talk is an
open discussion on safety information that includes details about hazards,
associated risks, and updates about the project or the specific tasks involved.
It is done before the team commences work, and covers methods, plans, location,
and individual roles of each employee. Toolbox talks are commonly used in
high-risk industries such as construction, mining, manufacturing, and
Why is a Toolbox talk
Based on the ABC 2017
Safety Performance Report, conducting regular toolbox talks reduces about 64%
in total recordable incidents. It is evident that having regular updates is an
effective way to refresh employee’s knowledge and ensure that safety protocols
are in place.
The main purpose of
having a toolbox talk is to keep employees safe. It helps avoid unnecessary
incidents by keeping employees looped in regarding safety issues, project
updates, and mechanical defects. It promotes employee awareness and familiarity
with their workstations and equipment, which makes them comfortable in
performing their tasks.
A toolbox talk helps
maintain open communication between leaders and employees. Employees are encouraged
to raise any work-related concerns during a toolbox talk meeting so that
possible action plans and solutions can be proposed and discussed. A toolbox
talk is one of the avenues where both employees and leadership teams can share
information about new and existing hazards, preventive tools, and employee
participation during toolbox talk meetings helps ensure that they get an
in-depth understanding of the organization’s safety protocols, which will help
them in integrating these into their daily tasks and processes. This also helps
employees identify and prepare for potential risks associated with the project.
It is crucial that employees recognize and comply with safety rules to prevent
Toolbox talks can be
conducted for a smaller group of employees so that individual roles can be
fully evaluated. It helps identify employees who need guidance and extra
training. Toolbox talks are designed to focus on relevant topics for day-to-day activities. As an example, if your team needs to change
the roofing of a building. Toolbox talk topics should be about working at
heights and all appropriate safety measures in place should be discussed. This includes
PPE, fall protection equipment, and fall hazards.
Recorded toolbox talks
can help ensure everything is discussed and understood by employees before they
proceed with their regular tasks. It serves as an updated record of hazards and
completed topics. Implementing regular toolbox talk meetings helps maintain a
safe environment for employees. It also plays a major role in keeping employees
productive, efficient, and competent in their roles.
Jona Tarlengco is a
content writer for SafetyCulture, a software company that enables businesses to
perform inspections using digital checklists.
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TIMco, one of the UK’s largest, independent and fastest
growing wholesalers to the construction industry, is expanding their SHIELD
brand with the official launch of a First Aid range, as well as introducing the
new SHIELD Protective Board. These new introductions will sit under the rapidly
expanding SHIELD Site Protection range. These new extensions reflect the
company’s commitment to safety in construction, as well as delivering on the
company’s strategy of becoming a ‘one stop shop’ for builders’ merchants.
The new range includes a selection of workplace and
vehicle first aid kits, as well as a heavy bleed and burns kit. The range also
includes an eye care kit, heavy duty plasters and an accident book.
The workplace first aid kits include BSC and HSE kits.
The BSC kits meet the first new standard for statutory First Aid Kits in the
workplace since 1997. These kits reflect the changes in both workplace practice
and risks, making them demonstrably more ‘fit for purpose’ in today’s
environment. The kits come in a durable and stylish polypropylene case and are
wall mountable with an integrated bracket. The HSE kits contain content based
on 1997 Approved Code of Practice and come in a durable polypropylene box with
green safety clips, integrated carry handle, and a secure airtight lid to
provide protection from dust and water. All workplace kits are available in
three sizes – small, medium and large.
The Heavy Bleed & Burns kit has been specifically
designed to provide rapid and effective treatment to the kind of serious
injuries tradespeople may face on site. It includes a major bleed trauma
dressing and sterile burn dressings. The Eye Wash Station kit includes saline
solution, eye pods and pipettes and meets current HSE regulations. Both kits
come in a wall-mountable polypropylene case.
The SHIELD Protective Board has been developed to protect
and preserve all hard floor and short twill covered floor surfaces from dust,
dirt, spills, sprays and site grime. This new product complements the existing
Ram Board product in the SHIELD range. The FSC certified board is made from
recycled compressed fibre board and this innovative protection system is also
100% recyclable and reusable. It is also breathable and can be laid on wooden
floors and new concrete. It will not trap any moisture, therefore allowing the
substrate to dry whilst also protecting it from damage.
Stewart Lloyd, Associate Director of Purchasing for
TIMco, comments: “The welfare and safety of our end users is of paramount
importance to us here at TIMco, which is why we have launched this extensive
First Aid range under our growing SHIELD brand, as well as our new SHIELD
protective board. We look forward to introducing exciting new product additions
to our expanding customer base.”
The new First
Aid range and SHIELD Protective Board are now available to purchase on the
the title of ‘Best Distributor Brand’ at this year’s coveted Builders Merchant
Journal (BMJ) Awards in London. The company was also named as ‘Brand of the
Year’ by the National Buying Group (NBG) in November 2018. TIMco was ranked at No. 154 in the 10th annual
Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 2019 league table.
TIMco, one of the UK’s largest independent
wholesale suppliers of screws, fasteners, fixings, nails, building chemicals
and adhesives, power tool accessories, building hardware, site protection and
ironmongery, is headquartered in Nantwich, Cheshire and imports and supplies
more than 7,000 product lines from around the world to distributors throughout
the UK, Ireland and Europe. The company
was established in 1972 and now employs 160+ members of staff from its offices
in the UK, Ireland and Taiwan. For more
information, visit www.TIMco.co.uk
The average value of construction disputes in the UK fell by 47% last year as the industry started to make headway with early resolution of problems on contracts.
According to analysis of global disputes, the UK leads the way in dispute resolution, typically with low dispute values and quick resolution times, compared with global averages.
The UK takes the shortest average length of time to solve a dispute – 12.8 months. Although, this is 28% longer than last year and consistent with the global trend, whereby disputes are taking longer on average to resolve.
The analysis by consultant Arcadis shows contractors are now seeking to resolve contractual disputes as they arise rather than letting them build up into large final account rows.
The report uncovered a reduction in the use of adjudications and an increase in negotiation as the preferred method of dispute resolution.
This could be after a Court of Appeal ruling reducing the use of ‘smash ‘n’ grab’ adjudications, said Arcadis, or concerns about the growing cost of the adjudication process and a tendency for significant extensions to the prescribed 28-day statutory period for a decision.
Adrain Bell, partner at legal firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, said: “Parties are now generally preferring to try to resolve disputes as they arise contemporaneously during a project and/or to split disputes into more manageable bite-sized chunks.
“It is not a sign, unfortunately, that the UK construction industry is becoming any less contentious.”
He said that the drive to resolve rows earlier was being supported by the drafters of standard form contracts.
“Many of these contracts now contain elaborate provisions to ensure the early notification of claims and regimes that facilitate early discussion of them between the contracting parties,” said Bell.
“They also support rapid recourse to a third party neutral if their intervention is required.”
But with standard contract forms becoming longer and more complex, failure to properly administer the contract is the primary cause of disputes.
Gary Kitt, Head of UK Contract Solutions at Arcadis, said: “In some cases, it could be argued construction contracts are simply too complex for administrators to understand, and better training for everyone involved would go some way towards avoiding disputes as they arise.
“However, our results show the UK to be a world leader in effective avoidance and mitigation strategies.
“As we continue to transition towards greater use of digital technologies like BIM and 4-, 5- or 6D modelling, we are likely to see an improvement in risk allocation much earlier on in the process. This could help all parties to collaboratively resolve any difficulties before cost and time pressures start to escalate.”
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