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St Helens healthcare firm sentenced over fatal fall

2 December 2013 Email this article

A St Helens healthcare firm has been fined £170,000 for serious safety failings following the death of a worker who fell nearly six metres from scaffolding. Peter Winchurch, a self-employed joiner, had been hired to help build an extension to a semi-detached house in Skelmersdale when the incident happened in November 2009. TRU Ltd, which was in charge of the construction site, was prosecu ... more

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New UK map of bogus ‘elf and safety excuses: Londoners report most ‘jobsworth’ decisions to myth buster panel

2 December 2013 Email this article

More people in London and the South East have reported ill-founded health and safety excuses to HSE’s Myth Buster panel – which clamps down on bogus health and safety excuses - than any other part of the UK, new analysis shows.  The results show that more people report that they’re told “sorry, can’t do that because of ‘elf and safety’” in the ... more

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£10 m worth of help to fund construction skills in UK Cities

2 December 2013 Email this article

A revolutionary new public-private partnership is set to bring about an improved approach to funding for the delivery of construction skills across Greater London and eight core city LEPs across England, says the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Worth £10 million, the landmark Joint Investment Strategy agreement will mean that the construction industry will begin to benefit from ... more

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IPAF: HSE not doing enough after fatal powered access accident

2 December 2013 Email this article

Nearly six months ago 29-year-old Rick Jaeger-Fozard, foreman at Kimberly Access’ Iver depot, was killed when an elevated work platform he was in – a Genie Z135/70 - overturned onto the M25 motorway in June.   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been investigating the accident but, according to the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), until it makes some kind of ... more

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Ever wondered about the inspiration for ZT’s designs?

2 December 2013 Email this article

If you’ve ever wondered what the thinking behind  ZT Safety Systems’ revolutionary designs are, wonder no more. In a recent interview in Construction Index, our chief executive, Gordon Leicester, who also heads up ZT Safety Systems, explains how the idea for the tried-and-tested design came to him while snoozing on a flight from Italy. He realised that injuries and even deaths co ... more

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Facelift Mo Bros - Vote for your favourite

2 December 2013 Email this article

After a thoroughly moustachioed month, we’re delighted to announce that Facelift employees taking part in Movember have raised  £240 for those affected by prostrate or testicular cancer. Keen to get as many of our team taking part taking part as possible, we also offered an internal prize of £100 for the best moustache. This will be awarded to the tache whose luxurious face ... more

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Christmas lights, camera, action: Facelift featured in Ridley Scott Associates’ film

2 December 2013 Email this article

We’re always ready for our close up here at Facelift, so we were delighted to be asked if we would like to feature in Sainsbury’s new Christmas advert – ‘Christmas in a Day’ – which was created by eminent director Ridley Scott’s film company Ridley Scott Associates (RSA). Stop-frame footage filmed by us of our team assembling the lights on the Christma ... more

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Ladder Association: Festive five safety tips

2 December 2013 Email this article

'Tis the season to be jolly. And for those who are otherwise firmly rooted to terra firma to tentatively reach for the skies as they put up their indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations. Fittingly then, in this the final month of 2013’s Ladder Exchange programme, the Ladder Association has launched its first Christmas campaign to help people stay safe when using ladders. Their five top Christm ... more

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Stay indoors, IPAF, PASMA and ladder training

2 December 2013 Email this article

With the English Winter upon us, shorter daylight hours and more hazardous conditions, it makes sense to carry out your Safety Training indoors.    We have seven training centres around the country, five of which have full indoor training facilities providing IPAF Operator Training, PASMA Tower Training and Ladder Training. The centres located at East Croydon, Purfleet, Birmingham, Liv ... more

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PAL+ advanced operator training now compulsory

25 November 2013 Email this article

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) has made PAL+ advanced operator training a mandatory requirement for net riggers and steel erectors working on UKCG sites. The change means that all net riggers and steel erectors, along with their associated trades (e.g. painters and welders) that are working in erection or netting activities, or operating mobile, static booms or scissor lifts, will be required to ... more

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