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Following some concerns raised in the industry media as to the competence of steel erectors that have slinging and signalling endorsements on their CSCS cards rather than a separate CPCS, the BCSA said steel erectors are suffering at the hands of misinformation. Peter Walker, BCSA Health & Safety Manager said many steel erectors take the ‘erecting capital structures’ route, which is an ECITB scheme, and this training board has far more knowledge of the steel industry and is better placed to state whether individuals are competent or not.

The Metals Forum has appointed John Parker, Chief Executive of the Cast Metals Federation, as its new chairman. Outgoing chairman Derek Tordoff, Director General of the BCSA, becomes one of the Forum’s two Vice Chairmen.

FICEP UK has supplied a 1045 LBH CNC cutting line to a new warehousing facility in Warrington, Cheshire. The line has a sawing capacity at 90-degrees of 1,015mm x 450mm, at 45-degrees of 620mm x 450mm and at 60-degrees of 350mm x 350mm.

CSC has implemented Corus Advance Section information within its Fastrak Structural Steel Design suite, with all new CD releases incorporating the rebranded sections. Users of the software who wish to make use of the updated section information list should contact CSC at:  support@cscworld.com

Simons Construction has nominated Barrett Steel Buildings as its Supplier of the Year for 2006. John Robertson, Associated Director of Simons said, Barrett Steel had consistently delivered a high level of quality service to a number of prestigious clients, such as B&Q and Asda.

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