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News in Brief: February 2007

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The BCSA has launched a new Safety in Steel Construction Health & Safety Service (SiSC). It offers the designated competent person a 24-hour telephone helpline advisory service.

Following the success of 2006’s inaugral event, ShedS – The Networking Event – will take place on 6-8 February 2007 at the Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales. For more information on attending the event contact Ana Da Cerca, Event Coordinator Tel: 020 7921 8231 or email Alternatively, visit the website: 

Barretts of Apsley has completed extensive rebuilding of its production facilities in order to house a range of new Kaltenbach machines. The units include the latest Kaltenbach KF1505 CNC automated plasma plate processing centre, two automated saw/drill systems and a Gietart shot blaster.

Applications are being invited for the 2007 Metals Industry Apprentice of the Year with the closing date set for 1 March and the outcome to be announced at the Metals Industry Awards Evening & Gala Dinner in Sheffield on 25 April. The winner will receive a prize package that includes computer vouchers worth £1,200 and the presentation will be made at the Court Dinner of the Worshipful Company of Tin Plate Workers in London on 16 May.

Designers’ guide to EN1991-1-2, EN1992-1-2, EN1993-1-2 and EN1994-1-2 has been published by Thomas Telford. One of the co-authors of the book, BCSA’s Dr David Moore, said there is a fundamental lack of understanding of the principles of structural fire engineering design and one of the main aims of the publication is to demystify the subject so that it can be readily understood and used by structural engineers.

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