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Facelift at Brighton's Big Screen

12 July 2016 Email this article

Brighton Big Screen were looking for a way to enhance the experience from 2015 and came to facelift, who developed a solution to feature a 360 degree panoramic camera. This was then used to film the event, footage of which was used by ITV and the BBC.   Brighton’s Big Screen event held over the last month has been bigger and better than ever before, showing live football coverage fro ... more

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Think you have what it takes to become an instructor?

2 July 2016 Email this article

Due to increased demand for IPAF instructors, Facelift is currently on a recruitment drive. In order to be eligible to train as an IPAF instructor, you will need: At least 36 months of MEWP operating experience An IPAF Operator PAL card An IPAF Demonstrator PAL card To have completed the IPAF MEWPs for Managers course To be passionate and enthusiastic about sharing your safety knowledge with ... more

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NPORS reassures cardholders on construction industry recognition

2 July 2016 Email this article

NPORS, the National Plant Operators registration Scheme has reassured its cardholders that they will still be able to work on major construction sites next year.   In September 2014 UKCG agreed to recognise NPORS as an ‘accepted record scheme’. Previously it only recognised Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) cards, which are part of CSCS. NPORS released a statement whi ... more

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Roofer fined for unsafe roof work

2 July 2016 Email this article

A Bracknell-based roofer has been fined for safety failings after a complaint was made to HSE regarding unsafe roof work. No-one was injured in the incident at Sabine Gates, Old Bracknell Lane, Bracknell on 27 August 2014, however members of the public were endangered by the potential for falling objects. Reading Magistrates’ Court heard that Terry Colwell trading as T Colwell Roofin ... more

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BT fined £500,000 after engineer breaks his back in fall

2 July 2016 Email this article

British Telecom plc (BT) has been fined £500,000 after an engineer fell seven metres from a loft in London, breaking his back and his ankles, as he fixed a telephone fault in the roof void of a residential block of flats in Tower Hamlets, East London. Mr Spurgeon was working alone when he lost his balance and fell through the ceiling, landing on a concrete stairwell, sustaining his serious ... more

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Worker suffers serious injury from contact with overhead power line

2 July 2016 Email this article

A stonemasonry company in Perth has been fined after an apprentice stonemason was seriously injured from contact with an overhead power line. Perth Sheriff Court heard how 20 year old apprentice Rodd McFarlane was working for T& M Stonemasonry, carrying out repairs at Waulkmill Cottage in Perth. During this work, McFarlane erected a tower scaffold to carry out some re-pointing work. Wh ... more

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Costs continue to rise for contractors, says Build UK

2 July 2016 Email this article

The first State of Trade Survey for 2016 shows that activity and costs continue to rise for Build UK members as labour supply remains cause for concern. The latest survey shows that, whilst output rose only slightly, contractors reported a strengthening in enquiries during the quarter. Costs for contractors continue to rise as 39% reported a rise in all building costs over the past quarter and ... more

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CSCS Card changes announced

2 July 2016 Email this article

CSCS has announced changes to the process for obtaining Trainee, Supervisory and Manager cards. They are as follows: Trainee Cards From 1 August 2016, only one Trainee card will be available which will cover all construction occupations. This will replace the Trainee (Craft and Operative) and Trainee (Technical, Supervisory and Management) cards that are currently available, although these ... more

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Campaign highlights power line dangers

2 July 2016 Email this article

SP Energy Networks has teamed up with NFU Scotland and Police Scotland to raise awareness of the hazards of working close to electricity on farmland. In the past year alone, there were 730 incidents on farmland involving electricity across central and southern Scotland, an increase of almost 40% on the previous year.   Meanwhile, although 88% of Scottish young farmers were aware of what ... more

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CITB help prosecute family supplying illegal workers

2 July 2016 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has helped secure convictions against a father and two sons who provided jobs for 180 illegal construction workers. Baljit Rai, 55, and his two sons, Mandeep Rai, 32, and Daljit Pai, 34, from Littleover, Derby, were jailed last week for a total of 17-and-a-half years for supplying the illegal workers throughout the country. Derby Crown Court he ... more

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