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Half a million valid PAL Cards in use worldwide

28 February 2014 Email this article

The success of the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) voluntary industry-led operator training programme was in evidence again this month, as IPAF announced  that there are now half a million valid Powered Access Licences (PAL) Cards in use worldwide. Discussing the success of the PAL Card, IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman said: “Our members created and launched the platform o ... more

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182,000 new jobs expected in construction

28 February 2014 Email this article

182,000 construction jobs are set to be created in the next five years according to new research released today by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The organisation’s Construction Skills Network (CSN) forecast shows that housing will account for over a third (37%) of the UK’s total annual construction output between now and 2018 – fuelled by demand for 245,000 ne ... more

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PASMA guidance: Using mobile access towers in bad weather

28 February 2014 Email this article

In light of the storms which have battered parts of the UK recently, it seems like an apt time to revisit PASMA’s guidance on using mobile access towers in poor weather. Generally, the guidance given by PASMA and many manufacturers is that mobile access towers which conform with the product standard EN1004 should be stable in a freestanding condition in wind speeds of up to 28mph. However, ... more

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Chancer in Belgium

28 February 2014 Email this article

Vertikal magazine has added another dubious luminary to its ‘Death Wishes’ hall of fame this month, with a picture taken in Belgium, near the Dutch border showing a worker balanced precariously on top of a pallet on two web slings as he carries out routine maintenance on a house. See more examples of dubious practices in our Rogues gallery ... more

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Window replacement firm fined for school asbestos dangers

28 February 2014 Email this article

A window replacement company has been fined after not taking appropriate measures to protect workers from deadly asbestos material during work at a school in Bury St Edmunds. Frames Conservatories Direct Ltd (FCDL), from Suffolk, removed old window panels containing asbestos at Westley Middle school over the school summer holidays in 2012, promising the school that the asbestos panels would be re ... more

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Suspended prison sentence for builder after bricklayer paralysed by fall

28 February 2014 Email this article

A Lincoln builder has been handed a four-month suspended prison sentence after a self-employed bricklayer broke his back in two places after falling three metres from faulty scaffolding. Robert Wilkin, 70, was left paralysed from the waist down and confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his life following the incident at a warehouse on Freeman Road, North Hykeham, on 14 February 2013. Mr Wilki ... more

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Cardiff contractors in court over worker’s roof plunge

28 February 2014 Email this article

A building contractor in Cardiff has been fined for breaking safety legislation following an HSE investigation into an incident in which a young worker broke his back in a seven-metre fall through an unprotected hole in a roof. Daniel Thorley, aged 25, was working on the roof of a new three-storey home in Dinas Powys for his employer Blackfair Ltd when he fell. He suffered spinal injuries, need ... more

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Three firms in the dock after asbestos failings

28 February 2014 Email this article

A trust providing housing and care for the elderly and two firms hired to carry out refurbishment work at its premises in Alnwick have been fined after staff and residents were put at risk of exposure to asbestos. West Yorkshire firm Express Elevators Ltd was contracted by Anchor Trust to replace the lift at a sheltered housing scheme in November 2012. PC Lifts, of London, was subcontracted to re ... more

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Recent storm weather takes a further toll on Brighton's West Pier

9 February 2014 Email this article

Sadly the West Pier in Brighton has suffered further structural damage in the recent storms, with large chunks falling into the sea. This is the latest calamity to beset the south coast landmark. Opened in 1866 after being designed and engineered by Eugenius Birch, the West Pier was closed in 1975 and has been deteriorating since. A run of bad luck began in 2002 when a huge storm resulted in the ... more

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IAPA shortlist announced

6 February 2014 Email this article

The shortlist of this year's International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) has been revealed. The shortlist was decided at the judges' meeting in London, UK, on 4 February. The independent and impartial judging panel included: Andries Schouten, managing director of HDW Nederland and Gunco; Craig Paylor, former president of JLG and current president/owner of US-based National Truck Body (NTB) ... more

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