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Crane finds lost septic tank

20 November 2015 Email this article

A crane helping remove trees from a back yard in Merrimack, New Hampshire yesterday overturned onto the house when one of its outriggers punched through the driveway into a septic tank that now realised was there. The crane was removing the last of 20 trees when it went over The owners of the house had contracted Healey Tree Works to remove 20 trees, and the team were just lifting out the ... more

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Workers lives at risk with poor site safety lands contractor in court

20 November 2015 Email this article

Contractor in court for putting workers lives at risk with poor site safety A Manchester building contractor has been fined after unsafe excavations at a care home site put workers and members of the public at risk. Brierstone Limited was issued with an immediate Prohibition Notice (PN) by an inspector from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) stopping work being carried out within five meter ... more

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Telehandler drops boom lift onto site worker

19 November 2015 Email this article

The 31-year-old worker from Birmingham broke his leg and suffered facial injuries in the incident at Abbey Trading Centre, Alvechurch Highway, Redditch on 19th November 2014. Redditch Magistrates’ Court heard that the injured worker was employed by a groundworks contractor carrying out work for Base Build Services Limited. A mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) had been left in their are ... more

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£26k fine follows scaffolder's fall

19 November 2015 Email this article

Bristol-based Tubular Access Scaffolds Limited has been fined more than £26,000 after an employee fell nine metres. Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how a man was dismantling a scaffold structure when he fell, causing life-changing head injuries. An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 23rd July 2013, at Berkley Crescent, Clift ... more

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Riding the high seat

19 November 2015 Email this article

Spotted in Kortrijk Belgium last week, a young man riding a pallet suspended from a truck mounted aluminium crane. The crane, owned by Meulebeke based roofing contractor Wim Vergote, was working on new homes and was almost fully extended with boom and jib and a single line to a suspended pallet fork carrying roofing materials and a human unloading person. Brave or foolhardy? He does not seem in ... more

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Skyjack is training smart dogs

19 November 2015 Email this article

Skyjack is supporting New York based charity Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities or ECAD for short, as part of its 30 projects for 30 years programme celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding. The company, which has donated $10,000 and helped promote the charity, was introduced by one of its largest customers.  Established in 1995, ECAD trains dogs to help people living with ... more

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The Pylon Men (1966)

13 November 2015 Email this article

Here we have a short British film from 1966 – The Pylon Men – highlighting just how much things have changed since the Swinging Sixties.  No cranes were used, and not even a whiff of any safety equipment or PPE – not even boots. It is quite fascinating and well worth a couple of minutes on a Friday afternoon.  Before you think ahhh that is when men were men, don&rsquo ... more

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Man on tin roof has total disregard for health and safety

13 November 2015 Email this article

Spotted this week in Derbyshire, in the UK, a man working on the side of a building by leaning over the edge of the roof, when he is just 100 metres from an aerial work platform supplier.  The man is around six to eight metres up and has gained access to the roof by balancing a ladder on top of a refrigeration service unit. Due to the picture quality we cannot see exactly how he managed to c ... more

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Working too closely with power lines

13 November 2015 Email this article

Two men were injured earlier this week in Port Charlotte, Florida after they came into contact with overhead power lines while trimming trees from a boom lift.  The emergency services arrived to find the two men, one in his 40s and the other in his 50s, still in the platform clearly having been shocked. The power was shut down and the fire service used a rescue ladder to bring them down and ... more

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Facelift at the front of LiftEx Conference Liverpool 2015

12 November 2015 Email this article

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association is holding its annual conference this week in Liverpool, UK. The event got off to a good start yesterday at the new Liverpool Exhibition Centre, at Albert Dock and runs through this evening.  We were there with a Skyjack scissor lift and an Ascendant truck mount helping install the Christmas decorations at Albert Dock. The bright new exhibiti ... more

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