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4 Safety Steps for Working in Confined Spaces

01/10/2018

All areas of the construction industry carry with them at least some risk. Simply climbing a ladder can be risky if the right safety precautions are not taken and the right protective gear not worn. However, confined spaces present very significant safety threats. The good news is that the right steps can help to mitigate those risks to some extent.


4 Reasons Safety Training for Construction Workers Is Essential

25/09/2018

In the past, the construction industry was one of the least regulated in Ireland. If you could swing a hammer with any accuracy, chances were good that you could land a job, without any need for training or education. Today, that is not the case, although it can be difficult for some to realise the importance of safety training for construction workers. Here are four reasons that such training is essential.


4 Common Safety Risks on Construction Sites

18/09/2018

The construction industry is a hazardous sector in Ireland and comes with the risk of serious injury, or even death. The right knowledge and training can offset that risk, but it is also important to understand some of the most common safety risks on the modern construction site.


3 Overlooked Safety Issues That Plague the Construction Industry

15/09/2018

Ireland’s construction industry is sometimes recognised as one of the most dangerous segments of the nation’s economy. However, it need not be so. Addressing Construction Safety Training concerns with appropriate tools, knowledge, and training can not only mitigate the risks but can ensure better safety and health for workers. Below, we’ll discuss three of the most overlooked safety issues in this industry.


3 Critical Considerations for Construction Site Safety

06/09/2018

While safety is a vital issue in all industries, it is of particular importance in the construction segment. Machine and tool-related injuries, falls, injuries due to scaffolding collapses, and myriad other threats exist. Below, we’ll discuss three of the most critical considerations for construction site safety.


Construction Site Safety with Temporary Works Training

30/08/2018

Temporary works is an expression that’s used in the construction industry for an engineered solution used to support or protect an existing structure or the permanents works during construction or to support an item of plant or equipment, or the vertical sides or slopes of an excavation, or to provide access. 

Temporary works, just like other construction activities, will bring with them risks to the health and safety of workers on site and are subject to the BS 5975:2008+A1:2011 Code of Practice which provides practical guidelines on design, specification, construction, use of and dismantling of false work.


Put the Power of PRINCE2 into your Career in Construction

29/08/2018

The construction industry has some of the most wide-ranging career options available with jobs encompassing a variety of different disciplines, both practical and organisational.  When it comes to managing a successful building project, the overall responsibility for success lies with the Project Manager who will need the knowledge and experience necessary to oversee a busy and rapidly changing project.  So, how do you prepare for a construction career in project management?


NEW CIF Training Schedule – Sep & Oct 2018

23/08/2018

CIF have released the Sep & Oct 2018 schedule of Construction Training courses available with CIF.

This schedule of construction training courses offered by CIF in 2018 is the result of comprehensive market surveys and client feedback. This list is designed to ensure that every course offered by CIF in 2018 addresses the needs of our clients, responds to market trends and industry requirements.


Taking your Career in Construction to the Next Level with the Virtual Academy

23/08/2018

The Building Control Act 1990 and the Building Control Regulations 1997 were introduced in order to guarantee minimum standards in building practice in relation to design and construction methods.  The Building Control (Amendment) Regulations 2014 (BCAR) represent one of the most significant changes to the Building Control Code and affect all stages of the building process from design to completion.


Conservation Contracts in the Construction Industry in Ireland

16/08/2018

Ireland has more than its fair share of historic buildings, adding to the beauty and interest of our country and attracting visitors from across the world.  Protecting our heritage is essential and this means that our historic buildings need to be preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.  As our venerated old buildings become older, just like any other building, they need regular repair and maintenance work in order to survive the onslaughts brought by time and adverse weather conditions.  While repairing and maintaining a relatively new building is an easy enough proposition, working on these older buildings presents us with more of a challenge requiring the competent tradesperson with specialist skill to undertake specialist construction activity.


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