Category: Toolbox Talk
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What Needs to Change to Welcome More Women into the Construction Industry?

Lisa Tinker, Health & Safety Consultant It’s time to celebrate the fabulous women working within this exciting industry. It’s time to get involved, share experiences, encourage, support and showcase the abundance of opportunities that exist within construction. I’ve been in the industry myself for over 16 years and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. […]
Lisa Tinker

Legionella: What Landlords Need to Know

Becoming a landlord may well be a very rewarding occupation, but it’s also filled with a long list of hoops to jump through to keep your property in tip-top condition, ie: safe and compliant whilst also keeping tenants happy in their homes. This issue we’re focusing on the rather sexy subject of Legionella and the […]
Lisa Tinker

Frequently asked questions of a health & safety consultant

The day in the life of a health and safety consultant is varied and often far reaching: one day you can be preparing construction phase plans and risk registers and the next could see you on the top lift of a scaffold inspecting a site and monitoring activities. Regardless of the size of the project […]
Lisa Tinker

Good housekeeping

Good housekeeping is the first principle of safety when it comes to a construction/refurbishment site that’s underway, but it is often one of the last items to be addressed. Good housekeeping when it comes to construction refers to the practice of keeping your project/site in a clean and tidy order with the primary objectives of […]
Lisa Tinker

Writing a programme of works

When you’re starting out on a refurbishment project, there are a multitude of tasks property developers or builders need to execute to get the project underway. I’ve heard all sorts over the years, with property strategists talking about magical timelines often determined with nothing to back their claims of “a quick four-week refurbishment” or a […]
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Choosing a system to track your projects – Key considerations

This is a question that comes up time and time again and every property developer and construction company will inevitably have a different answer, and maybe even make use of several different packages to perform the multitude of tasks their business needs in order to function efficiently. There are countless options out there: Asana, Trello, […]
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A hidden killer

Why finding asbestos in your property after you’ve purchased it may just damage your bank balance as badly as your health Mark WainwrightIt might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re embarking upon buying a property to develop, but ensuring the building is surveyed for asbestos content should be top of […]
Lisa Tinker

New year health-and-safety resolutions

We all love a fresh start, the opportunity to begin the new year on that perfect foundation of best practice and discipline. I’m sure, like me, most of you start the new year by making resolutions – perhaps giving up a habit you’d rather not have, or kickstarting a health and fitness regime. Whatever your […]
Lisa Tinker

Health-and-safety basics for your business

When you start a business – whether it’s in property, construction, an estate agency or anything else in between – there are a few basics to square away in terms of health and safety. Don’t get roped into believing that old fairy tale that health and safety does not apply to you because your business […]

Top Ten Tips For Fire Prevention On Construction And Refurbishment Sites

Construction and refurbishment sites are of high risk of fires. Fire prevention must therefore be top priority when planning, managing and coordinating construction work. Fires can and do kill, injure and cause serious suffering as well as financial loss. If you’re planning your next property development, here are ten top tips to safeguard your development […]
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