Roofing Work News Roundup – January, 2018
Here at D-marc we’re in the business of making work at height, namely roofing work, safer with our innovative rooftop barrier solutions. As such, we keep a close eye on the news for stories about roof work and working at height in general so that we can provide our readers with useful and relevant information that will keep them up to date with what’s going on in our industry. Once a month, we’ll publish a roundup of the news that affects our sector in one easy place so that readers can get a quick overview of the most important happenings over the past month. If you have anything to add or know of any stories that you’d like us to cover, please don’t hesitate to let us know, either by email, on our Facebook Page or on our Twitter feed.
A roofing company in Hartlepool has been quick off the mark to benefit from the opportunity presented by the collapse of construction services provider, Carillion. As we reported last week, when Carillion went into compulsory liquidation on 15th January, it sent shockwaves through not just the roofing and construction industries, but through a variety of other sectors here in the UK. Findley Roofing and Building immediately reached out to Carillion staff and apprentices to fill 90 vacancies and is currently holding recruitment negotiations as it sees the prospect of filling its 35 training positions and 60 permanent jobs. Other roofing and construction companies would be wise to follow suit and look for the opportunities that will arise from the Carillion Crisis.
A roofing design company from Stockton which specialises in tapered Insulation for flat roofs has completed work on a multimillion pound steelworks in the Middle East. The company was part of a team of consultants working on the very first alumina refinery in the United Arab Emirates and was one of the largest construction sites in the Middle East.
Torrential rains resulted in water building up on a flat roof on Raigmore Hospital in Inverness recently and led to the cancellation and postponement of 26 non-urgent surgical procedures. The water from the roof had flowed down into the basement of the facility where computer servers are stored, leading to repairs being done. The repairs, in turn, led to dust contamination on floors and the hospital needed a deep clean following the repair work.
Meanwhile, a rogue trader from Essex has been given a nine week suspended prison sentence for fraud and ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work after conning a homeowner in Cambridge. The trader convinced the lady that she needed urgent repairs carried out on a flat roof after being hired to clean her gutters. Once the work had been done, the lady had to call the trader back out twice due to leaks. A Trading Standards survey eventually revealed that the roof had been “fixed” with gaffer tape and would, in reality, cost £14,500 to repair. The work had not been carried out “in accordance with the invoice” and the trader was also ordered to pay her £2,000 in compensation.