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December’s Prosecutions: Firms still ignoring health and safety

4 January 2013 Email this article

On a less lighthearted note, the HSE showed that health and safety is no joke as they presided over this month’s raft of prosecutions, which included both near-misses and fatalities.   In a case that could have been much, much worse, Phillip McGinn of Stormguard Roofing was fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,668 in prosecution costs after he and two other workers were phot ... more

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Who you gonna call? Myth busters!

4 January 2013 Email this article

After years of being blamed for everything from bans on children playing conkers to workers not being allowed a microwave in the office, the HSE is fighting back!   They listed their 10 most ridiculous health and safety excuses of 2012, including a man being told he couldn’t carry a tray of drinks in a bar because he hadn’t had the appropriate training.   The misuses of h ... more

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Join Team Facelift in 2013

4 January 2013 Email this article

As ever, Facelift is always looking for fresh talent and if you want to join a team at the top of its game in 2013 there’s plenty of vacancies to take your pick from.   Whether you’re a talented saleswoman, an operative or a training instructor, there’s vacancies everywhere from Liverpool to London, Southampton to Sussex.   So if you want access to some of the bes ... more

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2012 Highlights: Some of our favourite stories...

4 January 2013 Email this article

When it comes to working at height, there was lots to celebrate in 2012. The year started on a high note when IPAF announced in January that a record number of 101, 457 people completed an IPAF training course in 2011, with a further 97, 488 people being issued with Powered Access Licence (PAL) card, meaning that they have been proven competent at operating powered access equipment safely and effe ... more

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UK’s biggest ‘idiot on ladder’ crowned

4 January 2013 Email this article

The Ladder Association’s ‘Idiots on Ladders’ campaign has ended, with one worker being given the dubious honour of being the nation’s biggest ‘idiot on a ladder’.   In total 38 photos of people flouting health and safety precautions – not to mention common sense – while working at height were submitted, with entries coming from as far afield a ... more

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Get snappy and win €1000 Euros: IAPA Photo competition

4 January 2013 Email this article

Time is running out to enter the International Awards for Powered Access Awards (IAPA) photography competition, with a substantial prize of €1000 Euros to be won.   The competition will be a celebration of the spectacular sights regularly witnessed by members of the powered access industry. Judges are looking for “a spectacular or beautiful shot that helps promote access equipme ... more

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MEWPS for Managers

4 January 2013 Email this article

While most managers know that it is their responsibility to ensure that their employees are fully trained in the use of any MEWP equipment they will be asked to operate, the responsibilities of managers actually go much further.   It is the manager, rather than the operative, who must decide whether a machine such as a MEWP is required, and it is also the manager who is responsible for any ... more

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Making safety your New Year’s resolution...

4 January 2013 Email this article

The writing’s on the wall for poor health and safety practices, and we’ve brought out a new series of free downloadable posters to ensure that work at height safety is always front of mind for our customers. With a style inspired by vintage RoSPA designs and featuring figures in a range of precarious situations, the posters cover key health and safety issues such as the importance ... more

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Maintenance: IPAF Panel discusses maintenance problems in the industry

4 January 2013 Email this article

The proper maintenance of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) is quite literally a life or death issue, yet despite this, many companies, employers and users have still not got to grips with what their responsibilities are.    With most faults occurring in the field, the onus is on those using the machine to make sure it is properly inspected and maintained for the duration of its ... more

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Facelift reaching the top of the news agenda

4 January 2013 Email this article

Facelift’s work at the Carthusian Monastery of St Hugh’s Charterhouse in Sussex continues to receive attention, and this month the story was featured in IPAF’s Powered Access magazine. To read the full story on our website and view the timelapse video, click Bronto 50  ... more

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