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Scaffolder in court for dangerous work

27 November 2014 Email this article

An Essex scaffolder has been prosecuted following unsafe work at a Chelsea property. Christopher Harker, from Epping, trading as C&H Scaffolding, clambered up and down the outside of a four-storey scaffold in Cheyne Walk on in March 2014, completely unconcerned by the fact a fall could have proved fatal. He and his assistant also casually leaned through openings up to 10 metres above the gr ... more

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Wimbledon building firm risked workers’ lives

27 November 2014 Email this article

A construction company in south west London has been prosecuted for exposing its workforce to serious dangers on a building site in Holland Park. Several serious risks were identified during a visit by the HSE in November 2013 as part of a nationwide campaign by the HSE focussing on basement construction works. Westminster Magistrates were told that the HSE had found a catalogue of safety faili ... more

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Facelift - 2014 round-up

27 November 2014 Email this article

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to take a look back of all the highlights from the last 12 months. Here’s our top picks:   New indoors premises at Ashford In July, we launched a new depot in Ashford, Kent. Based on the Lympne Distribution Park, just off junction 11 of the M20, the depot also contains a large indoor training facility in response to a growing demand for go ... more

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Contractors scale the top of the Chill Factore, Manchester

27 November 2014 Email this article

The Manchester Evening News reports on three contractors carrying out a nail-biting job on top of the Chill Factore in Trafford Park.  In the photos by Gary Louth, the men can be seen scaling the top of the 45m high building with the help of secure harnesses and a giant cherry picker lift.  According to onlookers, the team was adjusting the giant lettering plastered across the side of ... more

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

4 November 2014 Email this article

Facelift has recently taken delivery of the first of 30 of the new Niftylift HR17 diesel self-propelled booms, one of a new generation of environmentally-friendly work platforms from Niftylift. Manufactured in the UK, and tailored to the European market, at just 4.9t the HR17 more than 30% lighter than comparable US-designed Genie machines, making it easier to manoeuvre and reducing both ground p ... more

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Two teens arrested after cherry picker incident

2 November 2014 Email this article

Two Grimsby teenagers were arrested earlier this month after reports that one lifted the other 50ft into the air using a cherry picker parked up outside a pub. Humberside Police confirmed that two males, aged 16 and 17, had been arrested on Monday night after reports that the pair had interfered with the machinery at the rear of Wingate Parade, near the town’s Willows Estate. Discussing the ... more

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UCATT fear employee screening could lead to blacklisting

2 November 2014 Email this article

The Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT) have called for the postponement of a new employee screening scheme because it fears it might be used to blacklist construction workers. This comes after the National Federation of Builders (NFB) announced a tie-up with outsourcing company Mitie to “provide employee screening, background checks and lone worker solutions to i ... more

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Forged IPAF membership discovered after tender

2 November 2014 Email this article

A fraudulent IPAF “membership” came to light last month after a former member, EGI Platforms, produced a letter, ostensibly from IPAF, in support of a tender application for work in Brazil. The firm had in fact been expelled from the organisation in 2007 for non-payment of membership dues, and the letter itself was a forgery.  ... more

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HSE statistics highlight workplace dangers

2 November 2014 Email this article

Figures published today show that while Britain continues to be one of the safest places to work in Europe, too many workers are still being injured or made ill by work.  Injury and ill-health statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that an estimated 28.2 million working days were lost due to work related ill health or injury in 2013/14.  As a result, the co ... more

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'Not on Your Life', says PASMA

2 November 2014 Email this article

A new campaign run by industry body PASMA, on the dangers of using unsafe towers, is set to take centre stage from 10-14 November, when trade body PASMA will hold its second national Tower Week. Central to the week’s activities will be highlighting its ‘Not on Your Life’ campaign, which aims to explain what makes a safe or unsafe tower, and comes with its own dedicated website ... more

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