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How will they dig themselves out of this one?

30 June 2016 Email this article

 A classic case of using a loader as a platform, this time a large, somewhat dated wheeled loader. The application is maintenance work on an industrial facility, with the nearest machine being drafted to provide a crude form of powered access. We have no idea where or when it was taken and even wonder if it is in the UK at all?  It does demonstrate the folly of such antics, especially ... more

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Cherry picker sinks in Folkestone, Kent

23 June 2016 Email this article

Two men were lucky to escape uninjured in Folkestone Kent, UK, on Monday after the boom lift they were using overturned when one of its wheels sunk into soft ground. The lift - which appears to be a JLG 800AJ - came to rest on the riser knuckle and the chassis frame, leaving the platform in the air. The two men managed to remain in the platform as we understand they were wearing harnesses and l ... more

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Facelift invests in 30 super-safe Niftylift HR17 with SiOPS technology

6 June 2016 Email this article

Putting safety first certainly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your environmental credentials, as demonstrated by the Niftylift HR17 with SiOPS technology. And Facelift has just taken delivery of 30 of these models, which are one of a new generation of environmentally-friendly work platforms from Niftylift. Manufactured in the UK and weighing just 4.9t the HR17 is more than 30% lighter ... more

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Don't miss new trailers from Nifty Lift

6 June 2016 Email this article

If you’re looking for a nifty new bit of powered access kit, look no further than the 120T and 170T Trailer mounts from Niftylift.   Designed to give maximum reach performance from the most compact chassis possible, the Nifty 120T trailer mount also boasts a versatile telescopic upper boom, which delivers unrivalled working outreach, especially at lower levels where it's needed m ... more

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Rise and Shine! All Facelift depots now open from 7am

6 June 2016 Email this article

  At Facelift, we’re always trying to find ways to make our customers’ lives a little easier, and feedback showed that opening up our depots from 7am would enable you to get to work, and get on the job a little sooner. For this reason, every Facelift depot will now be open from 7am Monday to Friday and ready to assist you. So we’ll be seeing you bright and early!  ... more

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BT fined £660k for height safety failings

2 June 2016 Email this article

British Telecom has been fined £600,000 plus £60,000 after two employees were seriously injured in falls from step ladders within hours of each other. The incidents took place more than six years ago but have only now reached court. Teesside Crown Court heard how two BT Open Reach engineers had been given a job at the Darlington automatic telephone exchange. One was installing a cabl ... more

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Suspended

2 June 2016 Email this article

Apparently taken in China of a man rendering the top of a multi storey building from what is effectively a suspended plank. The man has created an ingenious contraption with ropes and wood cross bars supporting the plank, but the chances of falling of, or the whole thing failing are exceptionally high. In spite of this he is confident enough to have his large bucket of mortar with him on the plank ... more

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Dicing with Death

31 May 2016 Email this article

Industry magazine Vertikal added a very photogenic addition to its ‘Death Wish’ series last month, after receiving a photo of workers in São Paulo working at height in the same manner as those workers caught in the iconic photographs of the building of New York’s classic skyscrapers in the 1920s and 30s. Ironically, the photo was captured barely 30 metres from the South Am ... more

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VAT Fraudsters face jail

31 May 2016 Email this article

Father and son fraudsters who set up construction companies solely to claim more than £500,000 tax back on supplies for new build houses that were never built have been jailed. Timothy Bentley, 62, from Cheshire and his son James Bentley, 35, from Sutton Coldfield pleaded guilty to making a series of fraudulent VAT repayment claims over three years. A third man, Salim Rahman, 30, from St ... more

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Putting the wind back in the sails of Brixton Windmill

31 May 2016 Email this article

Brixton Windmill got new sailcloths just in time for its 200th birthday last month, with a little help from Facelift. The sailcloths were designed and printed by local design company Eley Kishimoto, creative ambassador for Brixton Windmill’s bicentenary year and part of the Brixton Design Trail team. Millwright Paul Selwood used Facelift Ascendant 22 truck mounted cherry pi ... more

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