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Lighthouse Club release new features on app

ALONG with technology partners COINS, the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity’s free App has been upgraded with some fantastic new features just in time for Mental Health Awareness Week.

The new features focus on preventative tools and building resilience in the areas of mental, physical, and financial wellbeing and guides users through a series of questions to provide the best possible information, advice and guidance.

Each section of the app offers learnings about a variety of conditions or issues, self- assessment tools, coping strategies and referral pathways to access expert advice and support.

The charity’s mission is that “no construction worker or their family is alone in a crisis” and this new version of its popular self-support app complements their free 24/7 Construction Industry helpline and their free online “Lunch and Learn” wellbeing courses.

Along with the industry leading Building Mental Health initiative that now has nearly 500 companies signed up to its charter, the charity is already helping to drive significant change through the construction industry, concentrating on making all aspects of support and training relating to wellbeing as accessible as possible by making them free at the point of use.

The latest updates to the app come at a time when the industry desperately needs support. Taking the first step in seeking help with personal issues can be daunting but the app offers people self-learning and coping strategies so that they can help themselves or if necessary, take the next step in seeking professional help.

Key support areas include:

Mental Wellbeing; covering anxiety, depression, anger, suicidal thoughts, sleep and building  resilience

Physical Wellbeing; covering aches and pains, nutrition, weight management cancer, alcohol and drug addiction.

Financial Wellbeing; covering budgeting, debt management, tax and legal advice, retirement planning and emergency financial aid.

The app is not only free and simple to use, it now accesses a major researched library of resources on a vast array of topics and brings them all together in one application. The ‘get help’ function is particularly useful as the built in geolocator signposts users to support from both national help centres and local support services contextualised to the subject being investigated.

Bill Hill, CEO of the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity said, “By making all our proactive and reactive construction worker wellbeing and welfare support services FREE and totally confidential, we hope to remove all barriers of access. By doing so we move one step closer to our mission “that no construction worker or their family is alone in a crisis”. But we cannot do this without the support of our industry and industry suppliers. A huge thank you is extended to the team at COINS who have worked so hard to ensure that we are ready to share this vital wellbeing support tool at a time that it is most urgently needed. Everyone in construction should have this App on their phone.”

With over 35 years of developing software solutions for construction, leading construction software company COINS are passionate about supporting the industry. CEO, Robert Brown said, "Collaborating with the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity in developing this important app has been a privilege. It is our way of giving something back to the industry that we are passionate about helping. It is a tool that we hope will be a great help to both construction workers and their families when they need it the most, especially during these difficult times"

The free Construction Industry Helpline mobile App for Android and iOS is available to download now.

HMG Paints becomes a sanitiser saviour

THE UK’s largest independent coatings manufacturer, HMG Paints Ltd has utilised its manufacturing knowledge and existing alcohol stocks to produce hand sanitiser for front-line workers, care providers and charities in Manchester and across the UK.

The company developed the First Thing Sanitiser, which contains over 70% alcohol, after staff and their families reported being unable to find stocks at other locations. The First Thing name derives from internal communication messages urging staff to make washing their hands the first thing on their mind whether in work or at home.

The company is now working with partners to supply hand sanitisers, based on World Health Organisation recommended formulations, to those who need it the most during the spread of COVID-19, which has led to a national shortage. With a severe shortage for those working in environments with those most vulnerable (care homes, the homeless, charities etc) HMG is keen to help as many get the supplies that are needed.

“Our team of chemists have worked extremely hard on the formulation and it has been a true team effort to make the hand sanitiser available,” said John Falder, managing director. “By utilising our existing alcohol stocks, we believe that we can help the HMG family, our customers and those who need it the most during the current shortages.“

The first batch of First Thing Sanitiser saw donations made to Greater Manchester Police along with local care homes and frontline workers. The current situation in the UK has seen a number of HMG’s customers assist with Government and NHS Infrastructure support initiatives utilising their skills and expertise to help during the current outbreak. The company intends to manufacture as much hand sanitiser as possible and set aside a number of sanitisers to donate to front line workers and others most in need during the crisis.

The paints made by HMG Paints are also being utilised during the current crisis with their commercial, industrial and decorative coatings being used on everything from hospital beds, workbenches, communication equipment, the Nightingale temporary Hospitals and buildings to the trucks and commercial vehicles keeping goods moving across the country.

The Sales Order office is contactable via calling 0161 205 7631 or emailing [email protected].

If you would like information on the sanitiser, which is available in 250ml bottles, please email sales[email protected]. Priority will be given to essential services to critical industries such as pharmaceutical packaging/health/ transport/utilities/defence throughout the current situation. However, the company have capacity to support anyone who is still in need of sanitiser supplies.

www.hmgpaint.com

JCB joins national call to action over ventilator shortage

JCB is poised to re-start production at a factory closed as a result of the coronavirus crisis in order to join the national effort to manufacture ventilators, the company announced today.

JCB received a direct appeal from Prime Minister Boris Johnson earlier this month to help plug the national ventilator shortage and to help save lives of coronavirus patients. Following the approach, JCB Chairman Lord Bamford promised to help in any way the company could and immediately mobilised a research and engineering team to examine potential ways to assist.

Now JCB is ready to restart production at a factory which has been closed for nearly two weeks as a result of the coronavirus crisis. But instead of making cabs for JCB diggers, the plant is being mobilised to make special steel housings for a brand new design of ventilator from Dyson. A minimum of 10,000 of the JCB housings are earmarked for manufacture once Dyson receives regulatory approval for its design.

The first prototypes of the housings have been delivered to Dyson after rolling off the production line at JCB’s £50 million Cab Systems factory in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, which Boris Johnson visited during the election campaign. The factory fell silent on 18 March along with eight other JCB UK manufacturing plants after a fall in demand caused by the Coronavirus crisis. Mass production of the housings could start in a matter of days.

Today JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “When we were approached by the Prime Minister we were determined, as a British company, to help in any way we could. This project has gone from design to production in just a matter of days and I am delighted that we have been to deploy the skills of our talented engineering, design and fabrication teams so quickly at a time of national crisis. This is also a global crisis, of course, and we will naturally help with the production of more housings if these ventilators are eventually required by other countries.”

JCB’s response to the national call to action would see the return to work for around 50 employees affected by an extended company shutdown announced last week. JCB suspended production at its nine UK production plants until at least the end of April as a result of the coronavirus crisis and furloughed the vast majority of its 6,500 workforce. The company is paying them 80% of their basic pay for the next month, regardless of what they earn.

Employees returning to work to help manufacture the ventilator housings will be paid 100% of their normal pay.

www.jcb.com

JCB stops production as global demand for machines reduces

JCB IS today stopping production at all of its UK manufacturing plants as disruption resulting from the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic causes an unprecedented reduction in global demand.

The company is halting production for the rest of this week and the whole of next week at its nine manufacturing plants in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and Wrexham. Shop floor employees affected by the move will be paid in full during this period. No decision has yet been taken on what happens from the week commencing Monday, 30 March and beyond. Office staff will continue to work a 39-hour week, with many working from home, in support of the Government’s social distancing policy.

JCB CEO Graeme Macdonald said: “These measures are unprecedented in the history of JCB but are absolutely necessary to protect the business. As we continue to deal with the health implications of the COVID-19 pandemic, it has become more challenging to maintain business continuity in this volatile economic climate.

"JCB is a global exporter and worldwide demand for our products has dropped sharply as customers cancel orders and defer deliveries. This is not just a UK issue, it is worldwide and with countries like France, Spain and Italy going into lock-down, those key markets for construction equipment disappear overnight.

“In light of this fast-changing situation, we need to re-plan our production and, as a result, manufacturing at all UK factories will cease for the rest of this week and all of next week. This will allow us to take stock of the situation, re-plan our order book, prioritise products that are definitely required by customers, and ensure parts and components are reassigned to support the production of these products.”

JCB’s plant in Pudong, near Shanghai, ceased production last month as the impact of the pandemic initially took hold. After several weeks of disruption, the factory is now fully operational again.

www.jcb.com

DIY SOS BBC Children in Need special comes to Nottingham

DIY SOS, BBC One’s popular property renovation show, will head to Nottingham later this year to take on a one of a kind build that will benefit a local charity, Community Recording Studio (CRS).

DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special (working title) will see Nick Knowles, with his trusty team of Mark, Chris, Jules, Billy and designer Gabrielle Blackman convert and expand a rundown youth centre into an exciting and inviting community hub which will include, amongst other things: state-of-the-art recording studios, rehearsal space, educational kitchen facilities and all-weather, outdoor sports facilities, all of which will provide crucial support to some of the city’s most disadvantaged young people.

The Community Recording Studio (CRS) started in 1991 and was founded by a group of local people to teach film, video and music skills to children and young people from across Nottingham who are facing various challenges in their lives. The CRS has occupied a few rooms in the existing Russell Youth Centre for the last 28 years, but the increased demand for their outreach means that they need more space and the centre is in need of a major renovation.

The DIY SOS team, with the help of kind trade volunteers, have big plans to renovate the centre and turn it into a space that will provide much needed outreach and support for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in Nottingham, whilst also providing a space where they can develop skills in music, video, photography, cooking and exercise in a professional environment and give them the opportunity to reach their potential.

Nick Knowles, presenter of BBC One’s DIY SOS said: “The team and I are delighted to be heading to Nottingham for this Big Build special working with the Community Recording Studio, which helps young people affected by a wide range of issues turn their lives around to build a positive future.

“It’s going to be a huge challenge for us, as it’s a really ambitious build but I know that with the help of the community in Nottingham and beyond we’ll be able to transform this rundown centre into a space that will change young people’s lives. Please get involved if you can.”

Trevor Rose, chief executive and founder of the CRS said: “We’re over the moon to hear that DIY SOS: The Big Build BBC Children in Need Special are coming to Nottingham to renovate our youth centre. Young people from across the community have been coming to the CRS for the last 28 years. We provide a safe haven for many of the young people in our area, some of those are facing issues such as gang violence, knife crime and exclusion from school, and we work with them and support them to help change their attitudes and improve their outlook for the future. With this help from DIY SOS we’ll be able to increase this support further and continue making a positive difference to young lives in the area.”

Simon Antrobus, chief executive of BBC Children in Need added: “We’re delighted that Nick Knowles and the DIY SOS team will be in Nottingham later this year for another spectacular Big Build BBC Children in Need Special. The programme changes lives and we know that this one will be no different, leaving a lasting legacy and supporting children and young people to do brilliant things across Nottingham.”

BBC Children in Need has funded Community Recording Studio since 2017. Currently, the CRS uses a three-year grant of £27,140 to deliver creative workshops in music and video skills for young people who are facing various disadvantages and have challenging behaviour. Attending the workshop sessions inspires their creativity and helps to reduce aggressive behaviour, increase their confidence and self-esteem, engages them in positive activities and encourages them to learn new skills.

Across Nottingham, BBC Children in Need currently funds 46 projects to the value of £2.8million supporting disadvantaged children and young people.

DIY SOS charitable builds are hugely ambitious and rely on the generosity of trade volunteers and company donations and so is appealing for tradespeople including; electricians, plumbers, carpenters, plasterers and decorators to offer support with the transformation in September.

Those interested in volunteering  as a professional trade or donating product to this ambitious charitable build should email: [email protected].

Prep work for the build will begin over summer, with the two week build commencing and completing in early September 2020.

The episode will broadcast in November 2020 as part of BBC Children in Need’s 40th celebrations.

iF Design Award for Hultafors Tools

IN addition to the Red Dot Design Award for Workwear, the Hultafors Group has just won the iF Design Award for the Hultafors Snap-Off Knife (SRP18A) and the HDM Dry Marker.

With over 7200 entries from 56 countries, competition was intense. After much deliberation, the 78-member jury - made up of independent experts from around the world – chose Hultafors’ innovative Knife and Marker products as winners in the Tools category for their innovative, ergonomic designs and user-friendly features.

Considered to be one of the world's most prestigious product accolades and renowned as a symbol of innovation and quality for nearly 70 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognised globally as a hallmark of quality for exceptional product design for nearly 70 years.

Getting information on the Hultafors Tools range is easy. You can call the Hultafors Group UK Helpline on 01484 854788, checkout the website at www.hultafors.co.uk  or email [email protected] 

Total Rental Solutions keeps sites bright

LEADING hirer, Total Rental Solutions, has bolstered its lighting portfolio after investing in excess of £500,000 for Shindaiwa’s Site Bright M1 Series.

A unique portable LED lighting solution, the Site Bright M1 Series is ideal for use in Petro Chemical, Offshore and Hazardous Area Industries. 

Available in 25W and 50W, the M1 can provide up to 9000 lumens of diffused, clear and soft light for any location where there is potential for explosive dust or gas components.

The M1’s unique cable entry system, combined with fitted end cap protection boots, provides unbeatable protection and simple cable replacement for easy maintenance.

Total Rental Solutions – which provides rental equipment to the petrochemical, oil & gas, water, waste, energy, and manufacturing sectors – purchased the lights at the Executive Hire Show in February, and two thirds of the M1 lighting fleet is already out on hire across UK petrol chemical sites, but is also suitable for utility, quarry and mining, offshore and other heavy industry applications.

Total Rental Solutions’ operations director, Peter Gallagher, said: “We have invested in Shindaiwa’s M1 Series because of the superior quality that these lights offer our customers. Safety, robust casing and clear LED efficiency are just some of the essential qualities that these lights deliver over and above the competition.”

At a technical level the lights can operate within extreme temperature variances from -20⁰C to 40⁰C and can provide up to 360⁰ column lighting. The lights can be powered and simply daisy chained for lighting large areas from a single supply cable.

Shindaiwa’s sales director, Tom Page, said: “We have an established relationship with Total Rental Solutions and are delighted with the instant response for the M1 Series. With five years warranty covering the whole light, the M1 Series offers the lowest cost of ownership in class for rental companies and end users.”

Established since 2010, Shindaiwa is celebrating its ten year anniversary and is the sole distributor for Site Bright products across the UK and Ireland. Focused on delivering best performing, quality and durable site solutions, all products are designed to be efficient, eco-friendly and built to last with compliance for all the latest UK and CE guidelines and testing procedures.

Site Bright M1 Series is available now along with a comprehensive range of portable LED pod lights, rechargeable work lights and fixed flood lights. 

Pumps to the rescue from MSM

AS the extreme weather conditions continue to cause chaos with flooding for businesses and communities up and down the country, the hire industry is being increasingly called on for vital pumping and cleaning equipment.

Morris Site Machinery’s Hilta range of centrifugal and diaphragm pumps are primed and ready to restore order and clean up in the most challenging environments.

In emergencies the Hilta Proflow D5, a 3" diesel diaphragm pump, available with a 24-hour running tank, proves its worth. Its compact design makes it easy to transport and manoeuvre. It will pump muddy water, sewage effluent and nuisance water and will pass solids in suspension up to 40mm. The pump is capable of running dry on ‘snore’ indefinitely so it can be run overnight for draining purposes.

David Chadwick of One Stop Hire said: “We’ve bought a number of Hilta Proflow D5 Pumps from Morris Site Machinery and have been impressed with how effective they are. Our customers know these pumps can be relied on to get the job done.” 

The Hilta Proflow Sprite D50 Petrol and the Hilta Proflow Sprite D50 Diesel pumps are both compact, flexible options suitable for solids and muddy water. They have 2” diaphragm pumps and can run dry without causing damage to the pump end. The D50 Diesel has a 5.5 litre fuel tank capacity.

The biggest pump in the Hilta range is the Hilta Proflow C150, a diesel powered 6” super-silent vacuum-assisted pump. It can be fitted with a skid base or a road-towable trailer making it easy to transport. With a huge output of 330m³ per hour, combined with 75mm of solids handling, it can handle almost everything thrown at it.

Hilta pressure washers also come into their own after floods. The Hilta Hyperwash 3000D diesel pressure washer, for example, is easy to move, built with a protective roll cage and has four large wheels suitable for tough terrain.

UK Sales Director Richard Denholm said: “It pays to be prepared for emergencies and not be caught out when recovery work gets underway. Flooding and unpredictable weather conditions do happen and with serious consequences. It makes sense to invest in rugged and reliable equipment that can provide organisations and people with the practical help they need at a time of crisis.”

www.morrismachinery.co.uk

RUBI UK & Ireland celebrates its 15th birthday

IT has already been 15 years since RUBI opened its doors in the UK and Ireland.

It was in April 2004, when the company started running with a team of seven employees, four of whom still work in the company. The main professional cutters available at that time were the TS and the TX manual cutters.

RUBI UK grew significantly and had to move in June 2007 to the current much larger premises. Since that date the growth has continued rapidly to where RUBI UK is today with over 15000 loyal users in the UK & Ireland. 

The following years were crucial in terms of technology and innovation. RUBI UK launched the redesigned TX & TX-N range in 2009, the predecessor of the latest most advanced TX to date, the TX MAX, and also the new TS-PLUS range with a more powerful breaker system. Three years later, the company launched the Slim System Cutter in the UK & Ireland, the manual cutting system with connectable guides for large format tiles up to 310 cm.

In 2016 Rubi UK & Ireland employed a new sales representative to service the North and South of Ireland. This completed the Sales Representative team giving users a great service from Lands End to John O’Groats, Ireland, the Channel Islands and Shetland. 

RUBI hasn’t stopped innovating and developing new products and, in 2017 it launched the TS MAX manual cutter, a manual cutter with a high-performance breaker and patented the RUBI ZERO DUST, a system to improve on-site working conditions with electric bridge saws.

Following this trend of innovation, in 2018 RUBI launched the most advanced manual cutter in the market, the TZ. Also launching the new Speed Magnet and TR Magnet into the professional cutter market. 

All these efforts have been recognised when RUBI won the Delta Awards by the Industrial Design Association of Arts and Design (ADI-FAD) in the category Best Design, for the Tile Level Quick levelling system and the TZ manual cutter, and been ranked on the top 4 Catalan companies in number of patented companies by the European Patent Office. 

This year 2019 has seen more new innovative products: RUBI upgraded its SLAB System range, introducing the SLAB TRANS HEAVY DUTY and the TC-125 KIT for large format tiles, and presented the powerful TX-MAX, a professional manual cutter with high-performance multipoint breaker.

But all these achievements and improvements wouldn’t have been possible without the trust and support of more than 15000 loyal users of the RUBI Tools!

RUBI wants to thank these users for the confidence shown over the last 15 years and offers to their users great deals on the TX-MAX professional manual cutter.

For more information, visit RUBI's 15th anniversary page.

QEP announces landmark charity partnership with the Rainy Day Trust

LEADING tiling tools and accessories supplier QEP has announced a new partnership with the Rainy Day Trust, a charity that helps people who have worked in the home improvement and enhancement industry.

The partnership, which began January 2020, will see QEP assist the Rainy Day Trust through fund raising and activity support.

The Rainy Day Trust began as an ironmongery and hardware trades benevolent society in 1843. Today, the charity supports workers in DIY retail, manufacturing, and distribution, as well as tradespeople within the home improvement and enhancement sector.

The trust provides beneficiaries and their families with assistance through financial and legal aid, alongside the awarding of grants.

Peter Stone, Rainy Day Trust chairman, said: “It’s great to form a new partnership with businesses such as QEP. The company’s long-standing position within the DIY consumer marketplace means we can share knowledge and raise awareness to better help the people who need our support.”

Paul Boyce, President – International Operations/European CEO at QEP, said: “We’re extremely proud to announce our partnership with the Rainy Day Trust. The work the charity does is incredibly valuable for those within our industry. We hope to make a valuable contribution to the Trust’s fundraising and awareness initiatives.”

“We have many different activities planned throughout the year to both increase awareness and raise funds for our former and fellow industry professionals in need.”

www.rainydaytrust.org.uk

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