Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Stay cool in the summer months!

After spending the past 5 months of the year complaining about the usual rainy British weather, mother nature seems to have repaid us in immense (and extremely uncomfortable!) proportions.

Whilst most of us can seek shelter inside an air-conditioned office, the UK’s construction force often miss out on the same luxuries and are therefore at a high risk for heat-related illnesses.

Prolonged exposure to the heat as well as the strenuous nature of the jobs puts you on a high likelihood of becoming unwell – so it is essential that sites are proactive in keeping themselves and others safe in the summer months.

Here are FastTrack’s 5 top tips on how to avoid heat related illnesses in the summer months!

Drink up!
We all know we should be drinking a minimum of 2litres of water a day but during these hot summer months, this should increase to nearly 3litres! A great way to keep check is to try having a quick drink every 15-20 minutes, or get your hands on one of these water bottles to help you keep track of how much water you’ve drank throughout the day! 



Handy tip!
We know cups of tea and coffee may not be on the top of your list on a hot summer’s day (they’re certainly not on ours!) but if you find yourself reaching for the kettle regardless – try to restrict the amount of caffeinated drinks you knock back in the heat.  They contain diuretics which can make you even more dehydrated!

Dress appropriately!
It may sound obvious but with H&S regulations interfering with our desire to work topless and in shorts, it can be tricky to choose the gear that will protect you and keep you cool.  When stocking up on your site gear, aim for lightweight and light-colored clothing to help you stay cool and if possible, find clothing and protective gear with moisture wicking properties!
Don’t forget some shades if the sun is reflecting into your eyes and sunscreen for any exposed areas!
Give the new guy some leeway!
According to OSHA, workers who are new on site are more likely to struggle with the heat! They claim,
Workers new to outdoor jobs are generally most at risk for heat-related illnesses. Cal/OSHA investigated 25 incidents of heat-related illness in 2005. In almost half of the cases, the worker involved was on their first day of work and in 80% of the cases the worker involved had only been on the job for four or fewer days.” (This guidance is available online at http://osha.gov/SLTC/heatillness/heat_index/.)
It’s therefore key to allow new workers to ‘acclimatize’ to hot temperatures when working on site.  A good way to manage this is to start doing about 50% of your normal workload and gradually work up to 100% over the next week! It may not seem great for the work-load but it will benefit the team if there are no members off sick with heat-stroke!
Take a break!
It’s simple. If you’re not feeling great, have a break!
Whether it’s under a tree, inside an air con’d car or maybe even inside the portaloo(!), taking 5 minutes to sit in the shade and cool down can stop the heat making you ill! Again, a couple of minutes away from the job won’t have a huge effect on the time it takes to complete a project, but coming down ill and needing days off may!
Finally, know what to do!
Keep an eye on one another, and be alert for signs of heat exhaustion! Early symptoms include lethargy, disorientation, stumbling, dropping tools, slurred speech or unresponsiveness – all of which are extremely dangerous on a construction site!
If you suspect that somebody (or that you!) are suffering from a heat related illness, get them in the shade, remove any unnecessary clothing and ensure they are drinking plenty of water.  You can also put some cool, damp towels/clothing on the back of their neck and wrists/ankles to help reduce their body temperature.  If this fails, don’t feel shy about calling the emergency services – heat illnesses can be extremely serious so better to be safe than sorry!
Look after yourselves and eachother, stay healthy and ensure the efficient running of your site!



Monday, 27 March 2017

Billy's Charity White Collar Boxing Match!

On 18th March, Billy Sewell from our Birmingham office took part in a Charity White Collar Boxing Match to raise money for Cancer Research!

After 8 long weeks of intense training, Billy managed to do FastTrack proud and reign supreme!


Following the match he said, 
'The referee gave me all 3 rounds, but it was not an easy win and turned out to be a very tough challenge…I definitely took a few punches!'
Despite a good few days of feeling very sore, Billy has certainly impressed and not only raised a massive £1,720.67 for the cause, but was also titled Top Fund Raiser for the event!

A massive thank you to everyone who supported and sponsored the event - all the support that Billy received certainly contributed towards his dedication to train so hard and keep focused!

If you wish to sponsor Billy for his fantastic efforts, please follow the link!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Billy-Sewell

Watch the full match at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TjYrkqQYZoE!

WELL DONE BILLY!

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FastTrack - Best Rail & Aviation Recruitment Agency (UK)!

Last year, FastTrack was entered into the Corporate Vision Recruitment Awards 2016.

A quarterly publication, read by a worldwide network of CEOs, directors and other top-level professionals; Corporate Vision spans an array of industries and sectors and currently have a readership of an impressive 170,000+ professionals worldwide!

Through constant hard work (and perhaps a stroke of luck!) FastTrack has won the award for the 
Best Rail & Aviation Recruitment Agency – UK!

As winners, they have landed a place on the winners list of the Corporate Visions website for the year, a feature in their winners magazine special and a nice new sparkling trophy!

A huge well done and congratulations to James Barnham, Dean Tuhey and the rest of the Rail/Aviation Teams!






Friday, 10 February 2017

FastTrack Chosen Charity 2017!

Every child deserves the best possible chance to rebuild their life after abuse.

With an estimated half a million children suffering abuse in the UK each year, the NSPCC are the only charity fighting to end child abuse in the UK and Channel Islands.

They help children who have been abused to rebuild their lives, they protect children at risk and they find the best wats of preventing child abuse from ever happening.

It is because of the hard work and dedication that the NSPCC continually provide, that they have been chosen as the FastTrack Chosen Charity for 2017!

We will therefore be carrying out a number of fund raising events over the next year to raise as much money as possible for this fantastic cause!

Abuse and neglect can happen to any child, in any family, in any home - lets help make a difference!


Monday, 15 August 2016

FastTrack Cocktail Making Class 2016!

Celebrating a fantastic 2nd Quarter set of results, our Manchester & Birmingham Teams were rewarded with a fantastic night of cocktail making! 




Barman Tom from local company ‘Shaken and Stirred’, gave the staff from both offices lessons on how to make their favourite cocktail; talking through the ingredients and most importantly which are shaken and which are stirred! 

Birmingham-based consultant Kris Asson has a great review of the evening; “A fantastic night had by all, celebrating both offices beating their targets for July! Not only was it a great laugh but it was also nice to get the chance to relax and have some fun with some of the Manchester and Watford Consultants!” 




Finishing a great evening, the teams were set a competition to create a sweet’n’sour cocktail. The girls led the way as ‘Charlie’s Angels’, winning the prize with their concoction (and their uncanny resemblance to the angels!)! 



If you’re interested in holding a cocktail party – we certainly recommend it! – then check out Shaken and Stirred for more information on how to get your own personal party!

Thursday, 23 June 2016

BREXIT v BREMAIN

Today is the day.

As thousands of eager Brits make their way to Polling stations all the way across the UK today, there are still confused faces; baffled by the pros and cons for both campaigns, dominating our news, television, social networking sites, and most importantly; our conversations.




With an audience rife with construction and engineering specialists, we've decided to select some of the top articles - specific to our industries - arguing both to remain and to leave the EU; to help you make a more informed decision.


BondDickinson.com
Brexit and the construction sector
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"The effect of a Brexit on the construction sector in the UK could be enormous in some respects and negligible in others.
Shepwedd.co.uk
Brexit Analysis Bulletin: Construction and Infrastructure
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"The extent of any changes will be dependent on the nature of any new relationship with Europe and/or membership of the EEA/ EFTA and it remains to be seen how this will impact the workers comprising the construction industry"
BuildingSpecifier.com
How will Brexit affect the construction industry? Two views
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"As with every other industry, the construction industry has a variety of views on the prospect of Brexit, and I think it necessary for us to have views at our disposal before making our own decision. "
Eversheds.com
Brexit and the implications for UK construction
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"Depending on which post-Brexit model the UK and the EU adopt, the UK’s exit from the EU may have a number of significant and far-reaching consequences for the UK construction sector. Predicting all of these consequences now is impossible but we have highlighted some of the more likely scenarios"
UKConstructionWeek.com
Construction Leaders Address EU Elephant in Referendum Debate
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“The EU referendum survey has been a real eye-opener and clearly shows that the vote will be very close within the construction industry."
LabCWarranty.co.uk
To leave or not to leave - How will Brexit affect the construction industry?
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"As with every other industry in the UK, the construction industry has mixed views on the prospect of a Brexit. Will it help to tackle the skills shortage? How will it affect import and export of construction materials? Will there be less or more red tape to adhere to?"
BuildingandEngineer.co.uk
How could Brexit affect the UK's construction industry?
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Not only would the construction industry be affected, but so would those who are reliant upon the services it provides. From first-time property buyers to large corporations; the impact could be immediate, and significant."
So, whether you are swayed towards Brexit or Bremain, make sure you make your opinion count and head down to your local polling station by 10pm tonight!


Wednesday, 22 June 2016

COME ON ENGLAND!

With the Euros well and truly on its way, in true English spirit, FastTrack decided to shut our Watford office early to get down the local pub and catch the most anticipated, England v Wales game!


As you can imagine, the pub air was filled with tension; screams loud enough to shake the walls and a rather large spillage of beer left on the pub floor!


A fantastic win for England rounded off a brilliant afternoon for the FastTrack team (and left us with more than a few sore heads on Friday! morning)!