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Specialist Commercial Contractors

Specialist Commercial Contractors

In these articles we describe the services provided by specialist contractors as well as what you should look for when selecting a commercial contractor.

A Specialist Contractor carries out activities on site that require technical knowledge and experience of a specific trade. Speciality trades can be structural (foundations, masonry and brickwork, timber structures and steel works), carpentry and roofing, mechanical and electrical services, finishing (painting and decorating, wallpapering, tiling, etc) as well as scaffolding, plant operations, landscaping, etc.

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Also see: Timberframe

Also see: Painting and Decorating

Also see: Carpentry

Health and Safety in Construction

Health and Safety in Construction

This section includes a series of articles on Health and Safety in Construction covering PPE (personal protective equipment), physical health and mental health, and site safety issues. 

See the Toolbox Talks section for information on many aspects of working on site, videos and examples you can use in your own talks.

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Also see: Construction Accreditations

Also see: Toolbox Talks in Construction

Also see: Physical Health in Construction

Also see: Mental Health in Construction

Diversity in Construction

Diversity in Construction

The Construction industry is suffering a major skills shortage and is missing out on the contribution of more than 50% of its potential workforce due to being predominantly and historically limited to straight (cishet) white men. 

In the articles below we discuss How the Construction Industry can increase and support Diversity in its workforce and ensure Equity and Inclusion of all. There is a particular focus on Women in Construction and Neurodiversity in Construction, as well as sources of more information and support related to inclusion of a more diverse workforce.

In this context:

  • Equity aims to recognize and compensate for the various barriers that lead to specific groups of people being underrepresented. This is different from Equality which aims to treat everyone the same. This could include taking differences in background or education into account when interviewing, or setting up a mentoring programmes to support those from specific groups, such as women, minorities, LGBTQ+ or neurodivergent people. 
  • Diversity ensures a range of different identities across traits like ethnicity, race, gender identity, language, socioeconomic status, and (dis)ability (among many other characteristics) are represented.
  • Inclusion It is not enough to have just equity and a diverse workforce. Construction needs to ensure that everyone feels appreciated, valued, welcomed and considered, and are given the opportunities to contribute, progress and excel. 

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    Also see: Pride in Construction

    Also see: Women in Construction

    Also see: Neurodiversity in Construction

    Working in the Construction Industry

    Working in the Construction Industry

    This section includes articles on working in construction and topical news from the construction industry, as well as details of reports and surveys. 

    It also experiences from people working in the industry (My Story in Construction), details of opportunities within the industry and articles explaining some of the terms you might come across when working on site.

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    Also see: My Story in Construction

    Social Value

    Social Value

    This section includes a number of articles explaining what Social Value means to SC4 Carpenters Ltd and details of Community Support, Local Club Sponsorship and promotes the charities we support.

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    SC4 News

    SC4 News

    This page includes news about SC4 Carpenters Ltd and SC4 Decorators, including project updates, awards, testimonials, events, etc.

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    Recent Blog Articles

    Katy Hall - Shortlisted for IWCE 2024

    Katy Hall - Shortlisted for IWCE 2024

    17-Jun-2024

    SC4 Carpenters Ltd is thrilled to announce that Katy Hall, one of the owner/directors or SC4 Carpenters Ltd, has been shortlisted for 3 awards at the Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering awards 2024.

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    Men's Health Week 2024

    Men's Health Week 2024

    Katy Hall - 10-Jun-2024

    10-16 June 2024 is Men's Health Week. Did you know that men are less likely to seek mental health support, and they account for 75% of all suicides worldwide? Men make up over 90% of those working on a construction site and workers in construction are at some of the highest risk of suicide in the country, with rates in the industry over three times higher than the national average.

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    10 Tips to Boost Productivity for Neurodivergent People

    10 Tips to Boost Productivity for Neurodivergent People

    Katy Hall - 21-May-2024

    This ADHD Productivity Cheat Sheet includes 10 Tips to Boost Productivity for Neurodivergent People, because standard methodologies, tips and tricks aimed at neurotypical brains don't work and can leave someone who is neurodivergent feeling like a failure.

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