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PASMA releases annual report

4 September 2016 Email this article

Trade body the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) has released its 2016 annual report. Focussing on how the trade body has overseen advancing standards and best practice and assisted in the delivery of the industry’s training scheme, the report celebrates the achievements of 2016 and the difference PASMA has made in providing advice, guidance ... more

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launches Helping Great Britain work well strategy

4 September 2016 Email this article

The HSE has launched its new strategy ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ and is urging leading industry figures and other key influences are being urged to have a say in shaping the future strategy for Great Britain’s health and safety system. The HSE has published six themes that the five-year strategy will cover, as it begins engaging the people and organisations it thinks can ... more

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AIF announces conference date

4 September 2016 Email this article

The Access Industry Forum (AIF), the forum for the leading trade associations and federations involved in work at height has announced details of its first national one-day conference. Supported by the Association for Project Safety (APS), Hire Association Europe (HAE) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) the conference, titled Implementing change and innovation i ... more

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HSE launches survey on inspection of plant and equipment

4 September 2016 Email this article

The HSE is reviewing the requirements in health and safety legislation for the inspection or thorough examination of work plant and equipment. In particular, it is looking at the following regulations to understand how they support proportionate approaches to work equipment inspection: •           Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Reg ... more

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BMF and NFRC announce strategic partnership

4 September 2016 Email this article

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) have agreed a strategic partnership that will enhance the support both organisations offer their members. Under the new partnership agreement the NFRC will provide essential technical information to BMF members who specialise in roofing materials. All NFRC contractor members are subject to ongoing i ... more

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Build UK members less confident after Brexit

4 September 2016 Email this article

Results of the second State of Trade survey for 2016 from Build UK have indicated that while output from members rose before the EU referendum, there is uncertainty around future workloads following Brexit with labour supply remaining a key cause for concern. The survey, undertaken by Glenigan, reveals that industry capacity remains increasingly tight with 81% of contractors operating at over 75% ... more

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Five minutes with driver and machine operator Keith Spencer

4 September 2016 Email this article

How long have you been with the business? I have now been with Facelift 12 years as a driver / operator. How did you start your career at Facelift? Oddly enough, before Facelift I was in a pretty unrelated career. I was previously a window cleaner and a friend of mine got me an interview here and I have worked for Facelift ever since. I suppose with both jobs you need a head for heights. What ... more

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Two roofing firms are fined after worker falls through skylight

4 September 2016 Email this article

Two roofing companies and one of their directors have been fined after a worker fell to his death through a skylight. Cardiff Crown Court heard how 46 year old Lance Davies, a father of seven, died after falling over seven metres through a roof light at industrial premises in the Crumlin area of South Wales. An investigation by the HSE into the incident which occurred on 15 December 2011 found t ... more

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Bulgarian construction firm fined for unsafe working at height practices in Derby

4 September 2016 Email this article

A Bulgarian construction firm has been fined after a member of the public reported unsafe working practices during the construction of an adventure course in Markeaton Park, Derby. Derby Magistrates’ Court heard how a passing member of the public noticed work at height being carried out from a pallet on the forks of a telehandler at the site in Markeaton Park, where a high ropes adventure c ... more

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Brentwood School fined following roof worker's fall

4 September 2016 Email this article

A school in Brentwood has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety regulations after a worker was injured as he fell from a roof. Chelmsford Crown Court heard how in January 2014 a maintenance team at the school was working to replace components on a bay window of a residential flat within the school grounds. A 63-year-old employee was working on the roof of the bay window when his foot got ... more

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