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The British Cleaning Council has lent its support to the Lighter Later Campaign, which wants to move UK time forward by one hour all year round.

The campaign, which is part of 10:10 Climate Change, wants to see Britons gain an extra hour of daylight in the evenings and move UK time in line with continental Europe. Both Labour and the Conservatives have


A North Yorkshire building firm and a contractor have been fined after a worker was injured following a fall while working on the construction of a new farm building in Billingham.

The 36-year-old worker, from Bedale, who asked not to be named, was employed by Stephen Ramsey, trading as Up & Cover, who had been subcontracted by Waddington Buildings Limited to carry out steel erection work and cladding

on the building at Brierton North Farm, Billingham.

Both Mr Ramsey and Waddington Buildings Limited were prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) over the incident on 29th August 2010.

Teesside Magistrates’ Court was told the worker was standing on a pallet fitted to a fork attachment of a tractor, which was lifted to heights of around four and a half metres to allow

supported its proposals and research has indicated that adopting the same time zone as the EU would add up to £3.5bn and 80,000 jobs each year to the UK economy.

Lighter Later adds that lighter evenings in March and October would also benefit the tourism industry, cut road accidents and reduce electricity use and carbon emissions, with a total decrease of around

the worker to measure and fit guttering to the building.

The court heard the tractor was being operated by Stephen Ramsey when it unexpectedly moved with the pallet in a raised position causing the worker to lose his balance and fall to the ground.

He spent 15 days in hospital after his left heel was smashed and his right ankle was fractured and treatment is still ongoing.

HSE’s investigation revealed Mr Ramsey failed to carry out the work safely and Waddington Buildings Limited had failed to

447,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions every winter.

Opinion polls show strong support for the change across the United Kingdom. The bill, sponsored by Conservative MP Rebecca Harris, is currently awaiting committee stage in Parliament.

establish whether work carried out on their behalf would be done safely and whether Stephen Ramsey was competent to do the work.

Stephen Ramsey, 31, of Emgate, Bedale, pleaded guilty to breaching the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £250 costs.

Waddington Buildings Limited, of Station Road, Brompton on Swale, pleaded guilty to one breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £3,500 and ordered to pay costs of £900.


Following the latest reports regarding two incidents in Ashford and Snodland, Kent, where criminal gangs employed mini diggers to rip out ATMs, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA) warns construction sites, plant hire companies and insurance providers of the importance of keeping costly machinery secured at all times.

For this reason, the BSIA’s 08

Cash and Valuables in Transit (CVIT) section has been working hard to reduce the threat and impact of such incidents, highlighting the risks to the retail and banking sectors as well as undertaking activity to increase awareness on the importance of ensuring that construction machinery is more difficult to steal, and, if it does go missing, is easier to trace and return.

Ashley Bailey, Chairman of the BSIA’s CVIT section, comments on the issue: “To avoid such incidents and the associated costs, security must start with the protection of the machinery itself, for example by ensuring adequate perimeter protection is in place, with the use of sturdy fences and gates, as well as CCTV cameras to monitor

the area and provide post- incident evidence adds Ashley. Of course, basic precautions such as ensuring that gates are closed and that keys are not left in the ignition of unattended vehicles at any time may seem obvious, but could also go a long way towards reducing the incidence of such crimes.”

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