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The pit tower at the former Harworth colliery was knocked finally down today in the early morning after yesterdays failed attempts on knocking down the building.
Built in 1989, just seven years before the pit was mothballed, the tower is seen by drivers using the nearby A1.
June Evans, chairwoman of Harworth and Bircotes Town Council, said it marked the “end of an era”. It’s become an icon for everyone, a beacon when travelling back to Harworth, but we do need to move on,” Mrs Evans said.Opened in 1921, Harworth supplied coal to the Trent Valley power stations, hitting a production peak in the 1980s.
About 1,600 homes could be built, with a new primary school, sports facilities, open spaces and bus station on the 150 acre (607,028 sq meters) site.
The CSCS Profiled Route was introduced in 2011 as a route to the Black or Gold Card for construction site managers or supervisors who have on-site experience but no nationally recognised qualification in construction. The primary objective of CSCS is to provide evidence that individuals working on construction sites have the required training and qualifications for the type of work they carry out.
With the announcement made by the construction leadership council, Profiled Route no longer supports industry’s desire for a fully qualified workforce.
Applicants will still be able to apply for a Construction Site Manager or Construction Site Supervisor CSCS card, but will be required to complete an NVQ/SVQ levels 4, 5, 6 or 7*.
Please note that existing cards issued under Profiled Route will remain valid and can be renewed as normal provided applicants renew their cards in line with CSCS scheme requirements.
Do you know which health & safety training course will value you the most in your line of work? If not here is some information about our CITB (Construction Industry Training Board) courses and what they entail.
CITB Health & Safety Awareness
The Site Safety Plus Health and Safety Awareness course summaries a basic introduction to Health and Safety. For those who are just starting out in the construction industry or are very new to being on site, such as Labourers this course his highly suitable.
Usually, delegates who attend this course are aiming to obtain their CSCS Green card. The course is also needed for those who haven’t renewed their CSCS card since the changes in July 2014 when it became compulsory to attend the one day course in order to obtain your CSCS Card.
The Site Supervisors Safety Training Scheme (SSSTS) is a course that has been made-to-order to provide the relevant information for those who hold a supervisory role. If your position involves you managing staff, delegating roles and having hands on role with the work force, then SSSTS is the training course most suited to you.
The course will help you understand why certain rules are implemented and assigned to workers, and how you can ensure that everyone is aware of these rules and contributing to site safety.
The Site Management Safety Training Scheme (SMSTS) is a more extensive variation of the SSSTS training course. Then course provides information on how to meet the increasing need for a high standard of health and safety management on site.
If your role involves overseeing the day to day running operations on site, recruiting a competent team and organising the set-up on site, then the SMSTS course is ideal for you. The course covers how you can responsibly manage the safety of your team as well as how to manage and prevent accidents.
The Site Environmental Awareness Training Scheme (SEATS) qualification is ideal for anyone who works in a management or supervisory role on site. The course covers a basic level of the on-site environmental aspects and why looking after the environment is highly important.
Having knowledge on how to make sites environmentally friendly is looked upon favourably. Therefore, the SEATS qualification is always a beneficial certificate to have
News & Updates
2016 brings a number of changes to MECsafe, starting off with the Monthly Newsletters. MECsafe LTD are now active on a number of social networking platforms Including Facebook, Twitter, Google + as well as the MECsafe Blog. Everything from News articles to MECsafe Training updates will be available on the social networking applications. With all these platforms in place and information being easier to access than ever, we will no longer be sending a Monthly Newsletter. To keep up to date on all the latest news and updates please follow us on;
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CSCS Card Changes
There have been a number of changes made to CSCS with the latest being the removal of acceptance of profiled route applications. The Profiled Route was introduced in 2011 and was intended for construction site managers or supervisors who have onsite experience but do not hold a nationally recognised qualification in construction. From 1st April 2016 CSCS will stop accepting profiled route applications; this has been introduced to support the industry by encouraging further development of a qualified workforce.
The familiar IPAF’s Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) Operator training programme will be taking a giant step forward with the introduction of a new eLearning tool available from 1 February 2016 in the UK. After two years of research, testing and significant investment, the new learning materials are set to deliver flexibility and interactivity, with the same emphasis on practical training.
For the first time, trainees have an option of completing the theory module of the operator course via an interactive eLearning platform. They can complete the eLearning module online – anytime, anywhere, on most any device, at a pace to suit them.
Trainees opting to attend our training centre for the full instructor-led theory course will also benefit from the same state-of-the-art graphics, animations and learning techniques. They will continue to interact with an experienced instructor and fellow trainee operators in a classroom setting.
Whether trainees choose to complete the theory part via the eLearning module or the instructor-led course, all trainees must still pass a supervised theory assessment at one of our audited and approved training centres. Trainees will then proceed to the practical session and must pass a supervised practical assessment conducted by one of Kentec’s IPAF-certified instructor. Successful trainees will receive a Smart PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) and Certificate as proof of operator training.
The government is being accused of “Gross underestimation” Due to the new tax changes which are to be implemented for construction workers employed via umberella companies. A recent HMRC policy document costed out the plan to ban workers employed via umbrella companies from receiving tax relief on their expenses.
According to a Damning report skills and experiances of older construction workers are being wasted. The Chartered Institute of Building has released results, The research found that construction companies are missing a trick when it comes to passing skills down to the next generation of workers.
“We should take this opportunity to use older workers to tap into their skills and knowledge and ensure they are passed onto the next generation.”
The new sentencing guidelines apply to health and safety offences committed by organisations and individuals, as well as to corporate manslaughter and food safety/hygiene offences. They introduce a structured nine step approach that the Court. This involves plugging culpability and harm factors into a series of tables to reach recommended starting point fines, as well as ranges of fines above and below the starting points.
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