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Speakers confirmed for prestigious IPAF Summit

5 February 2014 Email this article

Speakers have been announced for the IPAF summit, which will take place on 3 April 2014 in Windsor and will see leading lights of the industry discuss topics such as best practice in using powered access equipment to accident statistics. Confirmed speakers include Dave Smith, chair of the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) Health & Safety Leadership Group and COO of Wates Construction, one of the U ... more

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ZT Safety announces Swedish Distributor

5 February 2014 Email this article

Following the A + A exhibition in Dusseldorf, ZT Safety have announced that it will be working with a specialist Height Safety Company based in Sweden - Roofac Safety SE. It is likely that the ZT products will be used by workers shovelling snow from roofs in the winter. Director of Roofac AB Stefan Blackstrom said: “We are pleased to be working with ZT safety to promote such a innovative s ... more

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PASMA hitting new heights with record-breaking training numbers

5 February 2014 Email this article

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers' & Manufacturers' Association (PASMA) says that its approved training centres delivered work-at-height training for more than 65,000 people in 2013, which is a new record for the association, and represents a 10% rise on the numbers of people taking training. Since the introduction of the Work at Height Regulations in 2005 there has been a big increase in P ... more

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Safety products are top of the shops

5 February 2014 Email this article

Safety is at the heart of all we do here at Facelift and our online Safety Shop features some of the best products in the business. As falls from height are still one of the greatest causes of accidents in the workplace, we’re putting renewed focus on this in the store, and will be providing more products to combat falls than ever before. We’re also always keen to hear from our custom ... more

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Facelift on the up as it appoints new chairman and moves toward franchising

5 February 2014 Email this article

It was announced last month that Facelift has appointed industry heavy-weight Nigel Hunton as our non-executive chairman It is expected that Hunton - currently chief executive of MBA Polymers - will help steer the business during the next phase of its growth; overseas expansion and franchising. It is anticipated that in the UK, franchisees would penetrate the parts of the market not already cove ... more

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Facelift boosts Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training offer

5 February 2014 Email this article

Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is an initiative intended to drive up safety standards by making training a mandatory requirement. All professional drivers of vehicles more than 3.5 tonnes, whether veterans of the industry or new starters, must undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC remains valid. This periodic training covers the minimum req ... more

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Better accident reporting boosts statistics

5 February 2014 Email this article

More accidents are being reported by the powered access industry through IPAF’s voluntary programme. Preliminary results from the federation’s accident database reveal there were 53 fatalities world-wide involving aerial work platforms in 2013.   Causes of the fatalities included: Overturning (16), falls from height (13), entrapment (10), electrocution (7), impact with an aer ... more

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Overhaul of guidance to help 10 million working at height

5 February 2014 Email this article

An overhaul of guidance on working at height is being launched as part of the government’s plan to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations which waste businesses’ time and money. It is estimated that more than a million British businesses and 10 million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year, and falls ... more

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Zoom in on €1000 with the IAPA Photo competition

5 January 2014 Email this article

If you never go anywhere without your camera phone, why not enter the International Awards for Powered Access’ (IAPA) photography competition for the chance to win a cool €1000. A celebration of some of the fantastic sights witnessed by members of the powered access industry as they take a birds-eye view of the world around them, the competition allows anyone working in the field to sh ... more

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Construction skills shortfall puts 62,000 jobs on the line

5 January 2014 Email this article

A lack of young talent coming into the construction industry is threatening more than 62,000 jobs, according to new research released by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Their study shows that over two fifths (42%) of construction firms are struggling to recruit workers with the right skills and that this is having a serious impact on businesses up and down the country – wit ... more

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