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Roofers fail the work at height test

30 September 2014 Email this article

A West London roofing firm found itself in court facing a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution after it allowed employees to work on roofs in sites in Harrow and Ealing with no safety measures to protect them from potentially fatal falls.  Magistrates were told that an inspector from HSE came across the first instance in March 2013 and identified workers re-roofing a property i ... more

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Solar panel installer in court after workers’ fall through roof

30 September 2014 Email this article

The owner of a solar panel business has been fined for safety failings after two brothers fell 15ft through a fragile roof. Brynley Perrett, 37, suffered a compression fracture of his back and sternum in the incident at at a farm, near Trellech, Monmouthshire, in June, 2013. His brother Anthony, was fortunate to escape injury. They were installing solar panels on a building at the farm on b ... more

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Fine for SW Global Resourcing over cherry-picker death

30 September 2014 Email this article

A Glasgow-based company has been fined £200,000 over the death of a worker who was thrown from a cherry-picker in East Ayrshire. SW Global Resourcing admitted breaching health and safety laws over the death of 47-year-old Leslie Watson, who was carrying out maintenance work on the Annick Water Viaduct in Stewarton in April 2010 when the raised platform overturned. Mr Watson consequently die ... more

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Quality of service wins new sales for Facelift

30 August 2014 Email this article

The sales team is celebrating after East Village Management Ltd, who manage the 2012 Olympic Village made three large purchases of access equipment – Facelift’s largest order of 2014. The firm bought a Nifty HR21 4x4 Hy Brid, a Genie GS1932 Electric Scissor and an FS420 Spider 42m tracked platform.  Russell Woodward, Sales Manager at Facelift, said: “Naturally, we&rsq ... more

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Need first aid training? Why not combine it with CPC?

30 August 2014 Email this article

As the 10th September deadline fast approaches, our Driver CPC courses continue to be in high demand across all eight of our training centres. And the reason for the high demand? We’ve done what our customers wanted and developed a way for their staff to get trained up and achieve the mandatory CPC requirements in the most efficient way possible. Our customers highlighted the challen ... more

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Don’t let Health and Safety ‘rules’ spoil the fun, says minister

30 August 2014 Email this article

Minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, spoke out last month, appealing to staff at events and attractions to not ruin people’s enjoyment of the bank holiday weekend by imposing absurd rules. Mr Harper is reported as being annoyed by a decision from the Crufts dog show in Keswick, Cumbria to ban the contests in which dogs caught Frisbees, in case one of the animals was injured. Other exa ... more

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ZT a leading light for Bouygues!

30 August 2014 Email this article

Bouygues Energies & Services group has brought on ZT Safety Systems – the brainchild of Facelift founder Gordon Leicester – to provide a bespoke safety solution for the street lighting group. ZT Safety Systems ltd design and manufacture the award winning ZT Safety Harness that has completely revolutionized the way a fall safety harness works. Its design removes the need for groin ... more

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Worker death on Eastbourne Pier

30 August 2014 Email this article

Work is due to resume on Eastbourne’s fire-damaged pier following the death of a workman. Stephen Penrice, aged 44, from Cumbria, was pronounced dead at the scene after falling on to the beach last month. The pier has been sealed off since the incident, but Sussex Police said that they have now finished their forensic investigations and the site has been released back to the owner Cuerden ... more

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Emissions restrictions on plant in London

30 August 2014 Email this article

Plant equipment that doesn’t meet strict emissions targets will soon no longer be allowed to operate in the capital. By this time next year only construction plant that meets Stage IIIB emissions regulations will be allowed to work in central London or Canary Wharf. In Greater London, all plant will have to at least meet the Stage IIIA standards for NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions ... more

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New pocket card from the Access Industry Forum

30 August 2014 Email this article

The Access Industry Forum (AIF) has launched a new pocket card to help those who regularly work at height. The AIF PocketCard explains in simple terms the most important, practical things to watch out for when working at height. It explains how to ensure work at height is safe, by first avoiding it where possible, and otherwise preventing the risk of a fall, or minimising that risk. On the flips ... more

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