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The writings on the wall: A year of safety posters from Facelift

5 January 2014 Email this article

Putting the safety of our staff and customers first is at the heart of all we do at Facelift, which is why we regularly create high-impact retro style safety posters to share with our customers. Our 2013 posters included everything from a ‘be safe, be seen!’ message in January and advice on how to avoid slips and trips in July to posters addressing the quite specific dangers faced by ... more

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Smart PAL Card from IPAF set to improve site safety

5 January 2014 Email this article

IPAF has launched a machine-readable Smart PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), available in different languages, which can be used to ensure that only trained operators can use mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) on site. The Smart PAL Card looks the same as the standard PAL Card, and contains the data stored on the card, such as the operator name, number and categories in which an operator is ... more

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Stay safe around asbestos with Facelift

5 January 2014 Email this article

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, this ban does not mean that the danger has passed. Because the ban was only introduced in 1999, there is a risk that in any building built before this year (i.e. most of them) asbestos will be present, ready to be rele ... more

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ROSPA celebrates achievements in annual report

5 January 2014 Email this article

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has released its 2013 annual report. The report details everything RoSPA did last year to help raise awareness of what the public can do to minimise the risk of being involved in an accident.   This year’s report even shows how simple steps to prevent accidents really can save lives, and features the stories of two families wh ... more

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Firm prosecuted after scaffold collapse in shopping centre

5 January 2014 Email this article

Northamptonshire shoppers were forced to run for safety as a scaffold collapsed and fell some 20 metres towards them, a court has heard. Nobody was hurt, but several people required treatment for shock as a result of the incident at the Willow Place Shopping Centre in Queen’s Square, Corby on 17 August 2012. Local firm Desborough Scaffolding Limited, of Desborough, was prosecuted today (16 ... more

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HSE revised guidelines on asbestos management

5 January 2014 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revised guidance to help businesses understand how to work safely with asbestos. The Approved Codes of Practice (ACOPs) L127 (The management of asbestos in non-domestic premises) and L143 (Work with materials containing asbestos) have been consolidated into one single revised ACOP – L143 Managing and working with asbestos. L143 has been revised t ... more

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Farming company fined after worker seriously injured in roof fall

5 January 2014 Email this article

A farming partnership has been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when he fell from the roof of a cowshed that was being dismantled. Andrew Kennedy, then aged just 22, was working as a labourer at Craigley Farms in Castle Douglas when the incident occurred in July 2010. Whilst removing roof panels from the cowshed, he turned and stepped onto a translucent panel, which ... more

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Kent building firm fined after worker falls through garage roof

5 January 2014 Email this article

A Kent building maintenance company has been fined for safety failings after a 39-year-old worker suffered brain injuries and was left partially deaf after he fell through a fragile garage roof at a site in Bexley in January 2012. The worker, a Bulgarian national living in Hornchurch, also fractured his shoulder and lost his peripheral vision as a result of the incident. While being treated in ho ... more

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One of our best sellers for 2013 - The Accon Block

3 January 2014 Email this article

Ideal for use in a cherry picker, this lightweight self-retractable lanyard looks to ensure that even in worst case scenarios the operative stays in the bucket. Check out an impressive video from IPAF Germany, on the Facelift Shop website, to see device demonstrating as well as further product information - Available with free delivery in January with all orders placed online.  View Accon B ... more

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Pre Inspection - Safety Poster

4 December 2013 Email this article

To ensure your machine is safe, a programme of daily visual and functional checks, regular inspections and servicing schedules should be established in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and the risks associated with each MEWP. Operators should be encouraged to report defects or problems. Reported problems should be put right quickly and the MEWP taken out of service if the item is ... more

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