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St Jude’s Day storm: The aftermath

1 November 2013 Email this article

While some commentators have denounced it as a ‘storm in a teacup’, it’s undeniable that the St Jude’s Day storm has wreaked havoc in England, as hurricane-force winds and heavy rain left homes flooded, trees felled  and homes without power all over the south of the country. While of course any damage to property pales into insignificance when compared to the human co ... more

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Asbestos: The hidden killer

1 November 2013 Email this article

New Training Courses. Asbestos, once a widely used building material, is now known to cause everything from scarring of the lungs to fatal lung cancer. Subsequently, its use was banned in 1999. However, that doesn’t mean that the danger is in any way eradicated. While asbestos may no longer be being used now, it is still very much with us. In short, in any structure built before 1999, ther ... more

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Movember

1 November 2013 Email this article

Whether it’s a smooth Tom Selleck-tache or a flamboyant General Kitchener style effort, men up and down the country are going to be growing moustaches this Movember, and this year the Facelift team will be getting involved too. The concept behind Movember is simple. For the month of November, men seek sponsorship in return for growing a moustache, and all money raised goes towards support ... more

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Steps to success: We want your old ladders!

1 November 2013 Email this article

  If you want to injure, or even kill yourself, then carrying out work using a faulty ladder is a good start.  If you don’t? Hand in your old one to us, and get a discount off a new, safe ladder. Here at Facelift we're doing our bit to get dodgy ladders out of circulation by taking part in the Ladder Association's annual amnesty – the Ladder Exchange.  How it works is ... more

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New Facelift depot opens in Ashford

1 November 2013 Email this article

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll soon be opening another Facelift depot, in Ashford, Kent.   With a focus on providing training to businesses in Kent and the surrounding areas, the new depot boasts a huge 4900sqft indoor training facility, and IPAF, PASMA and ladder training courses will run daily.   There will also be a full range of both self-drive and operated po ... more

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ZT put safety first at the A+A trade fair

1 November 2013 Email this article

ZT safety systems will be flying the flag for British safety products, as they exhibit at the A+A trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany, which takes place from the 5th - 8th November. One of the most highly regarded trade fairs for all aspects of safety and security, the A+A welcomes over 1,500 visitors from all over the world.  This year the exhibition will focus on corporate health management, ... more

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Nearly half of refurb sites are unsafe, says HSE

1 November 2013 Email this article

Recent figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show that more than 42% of construction sites have failed inspections by health and safety inspectors. In September, inspectors from the Health & Safety Executive made unannounced visits to 2,607 construction sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place. Of these, 1,100 failed the safety checks. On 644 of the sites ... more

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Ladder training on the up!

1 November 2013 Email this article

In the first nine months of 2013 the Ladder Association trained more people in ladder safety than in the whole of 2012. This is made doubly impressive by the fact that 2012 was in itself a record year; in 2012 the Ladder Association trained 5,052 people, up from 3,500 in 2011, an increase of 47%. The 2013 total is currently running 40% ahead of 2012 and heading rapidly towards 7,000 for the full ... more

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Safety failings led to fractured skull for new worker

1 November 2013 Email this article

A roofing company has appeared in court for safety failings after a young worker suffered a fractured skull just weeks after being hired. The worker, who does not wish to be named, was 20 years old and had started his job with Dodds Roofing Services Ltd, based in Driffield, barely a month before the incident on 29 September 2011. He was one of four employees installing 25 solar panels on the roo ... more

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Surrey firm shopped by the public for unsafe working at height

1 November 2013 Email this article

A Surrey roofing company has been fined for unsafe work at height after concerned members of the public spotted workers walking on a fragile roof without any fall protection. Following an HSE investigation about the work on a former industrial building in Gillingham, Industrial Roofing Limited – who had been sub-contracted to replace and repair gutters at the site - was prosecuted. When a ... more

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