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APHC highlights practices to reduce risk when working on ladders

APHC highlights practices to reduce risk when working on ladders

Ladders are a fairly common piece of equipment for plumbing and heating contractors and according to the Health and Safety Executive, falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in Great Britain.

Just recently a company was fined £1million after the death of an electrician from a step-ladder fall.  In view of this the Association of Plumbing & Heating Contractors is reminding plumbing and heating employers and operatives to take precautions and follow the Health & Safety Executive’s recommended practices when working at height.

Dickies workwear to showcase biggest range ever at A+A

Dickies workwear

Global workwear brand Dickies will present its most comprehensive exhibition display yet at the international A+A trade show in Düsseldorf (17-20 October 2017), including a rare preview of products due to launch in 2018.

The largest international trade show for safety, security and health at work, the A+A show is a biannual opportunity to experience the latest products and expertise in the workwear field.

As well as focusing on the health and safety aspects of its ranges, Dickies will be showcasing products including items from the new Dickies 1922 selection, which is set to launch next year. This trend-led range will offer tradesmen a look that can be adapted for both work and leisure time, without compromising on functionality. 

F & P’s Fantastic Cashback promotion is back – with improved merchant rewards

rewards

F & P, Primaflow and Connections has announced the return of its popular Fantastic Cashback promotion, with increased rewards for independent merchants. Until 15th December 2017, customers can claim a cash payment for each unit ordered, from a wide selection of heating, plumbing and bathroom items. 

F & P Managing Director Jed Kendrick says that the initiative presents a great opportunity for merchants in the run-up to Christmas:

The Dawn of the Smart Bathroom

Paul Thorn

The humble bathroom is probably the last place we think of when talking about hi-tech gadgetry - but thanks to the Internet of Things, our lavatories are about to become a whole lot smarter. In the following article, we’ll show you some of latest cutting edge bathroom tech - but first, what exactly is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things explained

Bathroom supplier calls for plumbers to attend trade open day

Bathroom supplier

Bathroom and tile specialist Easy Bathrooms has called for plumbers across the UK to attend its trade day next week on Thursday 5th October.

The Leeds-headquartered firm will open its doors to tradespeople between 8am-12pm for a morning of advice and demonstrations from some of the industry’s leading brands. Free bacon sandwiches and tea/coffee will also be on offer, alongside freebies and additional discounts.

Experts from a total of nine suppliers — including Rocatex, Rubi, Fibo and Tilebacker, to name a handful — will be on hand to discuss upcoming trends and showcase some of their newest products. Easy Bathrooms and tile cutter supplier Rubi will also be offering an extra 10% off its ranges.

Wolseley Plumb Center makes a BIG thing of gas safety on branch tour

Wolseley Plumb Center

To support Gas Safety Week 2017, a team of industry advocates toured Wolseley Plumb Center branches in a Vaillant demo van, with a giant Gas Safe card in tow.

The road trip team consisted of Peter Booth, Heating Installer of the Year (aka @PBPlumber), Tim Pollard, Head of Renewables at Wolseley, Simon Whysall, Sales Director at Vaillant and the industry’s mysterious figure that goes by the name of @GasManGod on Twitter.

Last year, the #RegardTheCard campaign launched on Twitter to raise more awareness of the Gas Safe card and the importance of it. This year the road trip team went to Wolseley Plumb Center branches in Ilkeston, Nottingham, Mansfield, Tamworth, Burton and Derby.

Kensa Evo Wins Best Sustainable Technology

Kensa Evo

British renewable heating manufacturer, Kensa Heat Pumps, has won the hearts of eco self builders and title of ‘Best Sustainable Technology or Product’ for the Kensa Evo Series at the Build It Awards.

 

Launched in Spring 2017, the Kensa Evo Series delivers 15% efficiency improvements on previous Kensa models, enabling end users to sustainably heat their home and cut energy usage and carbon emissions, whilst increasing earning potential through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI); a Government-scheme to reward renewable heating system owners with a guaranteed seven year income to off-set the initial cost compared to fossil-fuelled alternatives. 

 

Tacking the global sanitation crisis - World Toilet Day 2017

Toilet
  • Did you know that right now, today, 4.5 billion people live without a household toilet that safely disposes of their waste?
  • Or that it’s estimated some 2.3 billion people still do not have basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines?
  • Of these, approx. 892 million still defecate in the open, for example in street gutters, behind bushes or into open bodies of water?
  • And did you know that at least 10% of the world’s population is thought to consume food irrigated by wastewater?

 

HomeServe to join forces with HHIC to boost UK heating industry

HomeServe to join forces with HHIC to boost UK heating industry

Announcement comes as industry unites for annual ‘Gas Safety Week’ campaign 2017
 
Leading home assistance provider HomeServe Membership Ltd is to lend its support to the domestic heating and hot water industry by joining the Heating and Hotwater Industry Council (HHIC).
 
The HHIC promotes and supports the sustained growth of the heating and hot water industry, and Walsall-based HomeServe has now become one of the UK’s largest companies to sign up to the body.
 

Back to work for Marlie! England World Cup star joins volunteers helping to transform community centre

soup of plumbers

Plumber Marlie Packer joins more than 100 volunteers from Walsall-based home assistance provider HomeServe on the week-long build at the Foxton Centre, in Preston

 

Flanker Marlie – who played for England in the World Cup final defeat against New Zealand – takes part in HomeServe’s largest ever community project

 

Less than three weeks after starring for England in their heartbreaking World Cup final defeat to New Zealand, rugby star Marlie Packer was back at work today as she joined an army of volunteers renovating a community centre.