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The future of plant hire? – World's first printed 3D Excavator to go on show

Next year’s Conexpo construction machinery trade show is set to feature ‘the world’s first fully-functional 3D printed construction excavator’. The machine is also thought to represent the first large-scale use of steel in 3D printing. Exhibition organisers want to use excavator to bring to life how technology is transforming the construction industry in line with the show ... more

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Mystery surrounds how cherry picker ended up in canal

A cherry picker left in a canal had people in Dudley scratching their heads last month.  The machinery was discovered in the Dudley No2 Canal, near Highbridge in Netherton at the weekend. It's not known how it got into the water but a video has been discovered of individuals riding it along the tow path in mid-April. A spokesman for the Canal and River Trust said specialist equipment would b ... more

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Worldwide MEWP rental fleet grows by 4%

New research from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has shown that there are now 1,170,000 mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), also known as aerial work platforms (AWPs) in the worldwide rental fleet. This is up 4% from the previous year. The European MEWP rental market grew by 3% in 2015 and is estimated at approximately €2.7 billion, according to the IPAF Euro ... more

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PASMA launches new advanced course

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) has launched a new advanced training course: Towers with Cantilevers.  Developed after extensive consultation with PASMA members and the tower-using industries ‘Towers with Cantilevers’ is the latest in a series of advanced courses that reflects the fast growing use of towers in more complex an ... more

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MEWP fatal injury rate remains constant, although fleet size and utilisation increase

The fatal injury rate for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) has remained constant, even though the total MEWP rental fleet and the number of rental days worldwide have increased, according to accident data released by IPAF. The release of the MEWP-related accident data and its preliminary fatal injury rate calculations confirm that MEWPs are one of the safest ways to perform temporary work ... more

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Changes to CSCS cards

CSCS is implementing a number of changes to the CSCS card scheme to comply with the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) decision that the industry should specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted. As part of the CLC decision, cards carrying the CSCS logo should only be issued to individuals who hold the correct qualification for ... more

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Congratulation to F100 winner – Wayne Beer

The winner of this month’s F100 Photography competition is Wayne Beer, from Kent, whose company used a Bronto S50XTD-J from Facelift to install CCTV cameras. His business has been using the Facelift for some time after reliability issues with “lesser companies”. For this job, he explained, it was crucial that the machine in question was incredibly stable as they were installing ... more

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Facelift trains over 46,000 workers

28 years ago, Facelift joined the IPAF. We were one of the first hire companies to do so, and went on to become a fully-fledged training centre in 1996. Since then, we have trained a whopping 46,000 candidates. Facelift runs a number of different IPAF courses, including Scissor Lift training, Cherry Picker training, Static and Mobile booms, Static and Vertical platforms, and Specialist Intern ... more

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Employer fined after employee falls through fragile roof

Phillip Posnett, a self-employed business man has been fined after his employee fell through a fragile sky light on a farm building. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Mr Posnett, Ian Kirby, was replacing broken tiles on a roof. After completing the repair on the roof ridge, he stepped onto an adjacent fragile roof to remove debris. He fell several feet through a fragi ... more

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Two companies fined after disturbing asbestos

Two companies have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during refurbishment work in London. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how two employees of 24-Hour Maintenance Services Limited disturbed asbestos insulating board (AIB) whilst they were doing refurbishment work at a former commercial premises undergoing conversion into flats, in Romford. An investigation by the HSE into th ... more

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