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Facelift flashback: Our 25 year celebration in 2010 - what a fun day that was!!

31 July 2019 Email this article

In 2010 Facelift celebrated its twenty-fifth year in business. Facelift Access Hire began life in Brighton back in 1985 as an exterior renovations and maintenance company. Shortly after starting up Gordon Leicester, the founder, purchased a Simon D50 truck mounted platform to help with the maintenance work. The machine was also rented out to other businesses and it wasn’t too long before r ... more

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CITB invests £17.8m in project to attract, train and retain new talent

31 July 2019 Email this article

The British construction sector will be supported in training and retraining more skilled workers to help the industry face the skills challenges of the future, thanks to a new £17.8m investment boost from the The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The national training body’s Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) Onsite Experience Commission aims to help the c ... more

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Noise breaches up 25% on construction sites, says report

31 July 2019 Email this article

The Building Safety Group (BSG) has reported a 25% increase in the number of noise infringements occurring on construction sites. This follows 10,000 independent site inspections conducted during the first half of 2019 which compared Q1 with Q2. Exposure to high noise levels can cause permanent hearing damage for construction workers, without the sufferer becoming aware of the problem until ... more

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HSE releases annual workplace fatality figures

31 July 2019 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released its annual figures for work-related fatal injuries for 2018/19, with agriculture, forestry and fishing and construction revealed as the most dangerous sectors for workers and falls from height are still the most likely cause of workplace fatalities. The provisional annual data for work-related fatal injuries revealed that 147 workers were fatally ... more

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IPAF to trial virtual reality advanced operator tests using simulators

31 July 2019 Email this article

After several months of development and fine-tuning, the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has announced it is ready for “controlled trials” of its PAL+ advanced operator assessment in a virtual reality (VR) environment using MEWP simulators. In 2018, IPAF led an industry-wide consultation into this new technology and produced a detailed strategy paper based on the ... more

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Government must delay disruptive VAT changes to avoid construction chaos, says Federation of Master Builders

31 July 2019 Email this article

The Government has not properly prepared the construction industry for major VAT changes coming in October and needs to delay their implementation to avoid chaos, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned in a letter to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury. This comes after new data published by the FMB shows that over  two-thirds of construction SMEs (69%) have not even hear ... more

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Contractor fined after fall through skylight

31 July 2019 Email this article

A London-based construction company, Modern Ltd, has been sentenced after a worker fell through a skylight. Hendon Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 12 May 2017, a worker was carrying out cladding work from a flat roof in Chiswick. In collecting his tools, the worker walked across, a covered skylight, which he assumed to be strong enough to take his weight. The worker fell through this s ... more

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Company and director fined following worker's fatal fall from a tree

31 July 2019 Email this article

A property investment company and its director have been fined after a worker fell from a tree and sustained fatal injuries. Nottingham Crown Court heard how on 27 September 2017 untrained workers were tasked with taking down a large, dead sycamore tree on Ebers Road in Nottingham using a chainsaw. One worker went up a ladder and used the saw to cut a branch, which when released swung back at the ... more

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Construction company fined after a junior bricklayer is injured in fall from height

31 July 2019 Email this article

Construction company Trumax Building Ltd has been sentenced for safety breaches after an employee under the age of 18 fell 2.62 metres through a stairway opening at a site in West Butterwick, Scunthorpe. Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 18 May 2018, the operative was working on the first floor of a house being built at a development property on North Street. He was using a ... more

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Facelift becomes CITB-approved Training Organisation

1 July 2019 Email this article

Facelift is now a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) Approved Training Organisation (ATO). This means that any business registered with the CITB can now automatically receive grants for any recognised training courses delivered by Facelift. This currently includes IPAF, PASMA and Ladder Association training, with other courses expected to be added in due course. Grants start from &p ... more

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