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Wigan worker falls through sports hall roof

2 July 2013 Email this article

A Wigan-based roofing firm has been fined after an employee was seriously injured when he fell ten metres through the roof of a school sports hall in Chorlton, Manchester. Lee Byrne, 29, was working on a project to replace the raised roof on the sports hall at Loreto High School in Chorlton with a flat roof when the incident happened on 9 November 2011. His employer, K Pendlebury & Sons ... more

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Access gets arty in East London

1 June 2013 Email this article

While you might not associate access equipment with art, recent activity in East London means that might be set to change, after internationally recognised street artists used Facelift equipment to get to the height they needed to paint striking murals on high walls in Dalston and Shoreditch. As covered in a previous issue of High Times, iconic street artist Thierry Noir has brought his talent f ... more

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Niftylift bags two Queen’s Awards

1 June 2013 Email this article

We’re big fans of access manufacturer Niftylift, so we were delighted to learn that they have been chosen to receive not one but two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, in the Innovation and International Trade categories. The Innovation award is granted to businesses that can prove that they have achieved commercial success through the design, development and manufacture of pi ... more

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Man falls through pig shed roof as he installs solar panels in York

1 June 2013 Email this article

 A solar panel installation company in York has fallen foul of the HSE after one of its employees fell four metres through the fragile roof of a pig shed at an East Yorkshire Farm. In just his second week working for Solar Fit PV Ltd, the man, who had no experience in solar panel installation, was on all fours cutting rails for the panels when he heard a crack and the roof suddenly gave way. ... more

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Scaffolder prosecuted after neglecting vital safety measures

1 June 2013 Email this article

A man from Camborne has been prosecuted by the HSE for neglecting vital safety measures that put himself, his employees and passing members of the public at risk. Truro Magistrates' Court heard this month that an HSE inspector saw workers without harnesses or lanyards working on scaffolding with no edge protection at a property in Camborne, in March 2012. The Inspector issued an immediate Prohi ... more

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Two men arrested in crackdown on card scheme criminals

1 June 2013 Email this article

Two London men were arrested on suspicion of fraud relating to the CITB’s Health Safety and Environmental (HS&E) tests and CSCS card schemes this month. The arrests, made in Ilford and Seven Kings, were the result of close working between the local neighbourhood policing teams, Immigration Officers, Environmental Health Officers and CITB’s Corporate Investigators. Both men were ... more

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PASMA introduces new highway guidance notes

1 June 2013 Email this article

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers & Manufacturers Association (PASMA) has published up-to-date guidance notes for licence applications to assemble and use a mobile tower on the highway. Aimed at assisting both licence applicants and the local highway authorities who issue these licences, the guide has been produced in association with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Highways Ag ... more

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Facelift welcomes back an old friend...

1 June 2013 Email this article

After a brief sojourn away from the access industry, we’re delighted to welcome Russell Woodward back to Facelift and to his new role on the management team, running the capital sales division.   Russell has extensive experience of purchasing and selling access machinery, gained both in the UK and overseas. A self-confessed geek when it comes to specifications, he has in-depth knowled ... more

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Going Green: Simple steps with big rewards

1 June 2013 Email this article

The media buzz around lowering your carbon footprint is so ubiquitous that many of us quickly get bored and tune out. With virtually every big company keen to cosy up to customers by showcasing its green credentials, sometimes it can be hard to separate the positive reasons to go green from the PR spin which accompanies it. However, all companies - whatever their size – can benefit from exp ... more

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Man jailed after collective failures led to death of worker

1 June 2013 Email this article

A County Durham man has been jailed and a Tyneside firm and one of its directors fined after a demolition worker fell to his death from a cherry picker that was knocked over by a falling roof beam. Ken Joyce, 53, of County Durham, was working for Allan Turnbull, trading as A&H Site Line Boring and Machining, when the fatal incident happened in December 2008 as he dismantled the structural ste ... more

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