Over three in four engineering services organisations say turnover increased or remained steady in Q2 2018, despite rising material and labour costs.

These are the findings of the latest BESA/ECA/SELECT/SNIPEF quarterly sector-wide Building Engineering Business Survey, sponsored by Scolmore.

The biggest warship ever to be built in Britain - with more than 1,800 miles of cables - has set sail for the US to start trials with fighter jets landing for the first time.

The newly-built Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carrier (QEC) will be tested by the four F35B Lightning jets off the east coast of America.

On 4 July 2018, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) published the provisional statistics concerning fatal injuries that occurred in 2017/2018[1]. The HSE noted: “a total of 144 workers were killed at work in Great Britain in 2017/18 … In statistical terms the number of fatalities has remained broadly level in recent years – the average annual number of workers killed at work over the five years 2013/14-2017/18 is 141.”  

Sing low, sweet chariot

Worried the silent progress of electric vehicles may increase accidents amongst unaware pedestrians? You can rest easier. Finland-based energy company Fortum has introduced the Singalong Shuttle, an emissions-free taxi service that only accepts singing as payment . 

The fleet, which consists entirely of electric cars, began operating at the country’s Ruisrock Festival in July. 

Electrical Review's editorial team spoke to Steve Davies, LIA's CEO, on the organisations work with international groups to share expertise and improve technical knowledge in the industry

"This is a pivotal time for British businesses as negotiations on Britain's departure from the European Union continues. The Lighting Industry Association (LIA) is always looking out for the interests of its members and the wider lighting business community, and will be working hard for it during the transition period and following Britain’s departure from the European Union."

“We are very pleased to have Jens join our board and look forward to his contributions,” said Lars Bo Petersen, CEO of Global Wind Service. “Jens is a strong wind industry profile and he has a thorough understanding of the market we are operating in. His experience from the OEM perspective and industry as a whole will be very valuable for Global Wind Service and our clients. There is no doubt that Jens can support us, delivering on our growth strategy.”   

Four M Group Services businesses have been presented with Occupational Health & Safety Awards by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). 

Morrison Utility Services (MUS) was named Winner of the Commercial Industry Sector Award. It is the eighth year in which MUS has won the Sector Award.

Bsria’s Building Better Homes Faster 3 event took place on Friday 13 July 2018. The key messages were: when it came to quality – prevention is better than cure; upskilling and innovation are needed; attracting new entrants – including women into the industry and new and modern methods of working – including offsite build.

Energy Assets Group has appointed Phil Cafferkey as general manager of Dragon Infrastructure Solutions (DIS).

Cafferkey joins Northampton-based DIS with significant experience and expertise, with a remit to maximise operational effectiveness across residential and commercial connection markets throughout England.

Facilities Scotland, the only event dedicated to the Scottish FM and workplace industry, has today announced a host of senior leaders from the UK’s FM and workplace industry who will be taking part in the Facilities Scotland conference programme when the show returns to the SEC, Glasgow on the 12 - 13 September 2018.

An annual energy saving of around £20,000 is expected as a result of the extensive installation at the LIFE Academies Trust-operated school.

In Central Bedfordshire, Biggleswade Academy accommodates children aged from 2 to 13. The technical team at the Academy, led by facilities manager Chris Mooney, had to ensure its technical infrastructure remains both contemporary and fit for purpose. And it was with these priorities in mind that the school recently resolved to undertake an extensive overhaul of its lighting and heating control technologies.