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One in five construction sites fall foul of HSE

30 March 2013 Email this article

Nearly one in five construction sites visited by the HSE across Britain have been subject to enforcement action after dangerous practices were spotted during spot inspections.   In a month long initiative, inspectors visited a total of 2363 sites where refurbishment or repair work was taking place and saw 2976 contractors in total. Following the visits, 631 enforcement notices were served a ... more

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Halesowen firm in the dock following apprentice’s fall

30 March 2013 Email this article

A scaffolding company in Halesowen has been fined after an inexperienced 18-year-old apprentice broke his back when he fell more than three metres. The trainee was working for Harris Scaffolding Limited on a construction site in Stourport-on-Severn, Worcestershire when he fell in November 2011.  The teenage worker, who had been a scaffolding apprentice for just five weeks, was carrying out ... more

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Facelift team go nuts for Home start CHAMS

30 March 2013 Email this article

Members of the Facelift team will be put through their paces on the 31st August, when they take part in the NUTS Challenge - a muddy assault course - in order to raise money for Home Start Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex (CHAMS). All money raised by the challenge will help to support families where there are issues such as isolation, neglect, financial hardship, illness, disability, bereavem ... more

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Introducing new PASMA cards

30 March 2013 Email this article

The eagle eyed among you may have noticed that new certificates from the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) have been introduced this week, and to accompany these new PASMA cards have also come into circulation too.    In order to prevent fraud, these new look PASMA cards boast several additional security features which make them exceedin ... more

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UKCG considering making PAL Plus training mandatory

30 March 2013 Email this article

The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) is considering a move to make PAL + training compulsory for all safety netters and steel erectors and associated trades by 1st July 2013 in order to further minimise the risk of entrapment when MEWPs are used.  PAL+ is an additional one day of category-specific training aimed at operators working in higher risk or challenging environments. Anyone who ... more

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Lightening the load

30 March 2013 Email this article

Unloading a heavily-laden trailer may not be the most enjoyable task in the world, but one lorry driver in Taiwan appears to have found an unorthodox – albeit not very safe – way to get the job done. With just a few hearty reverses, the load of bamboo is shifted, though probably a little damaged.  View the video here, just don’t try it at home.      ... more

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Introducing the Multitel SMX 225 and the SMX250

30 March 2013 Email this article

Two new additions to our fleet have caught the attention of our customers recently, the SMX  225 and SMX 250 from Multitel, both incorporating a range of features which put them at the top of their class.  For example, the new Multitel SMX 225 is one of the best lightweight machines on the market for reaching those hard-to-reach spaces. It offers up to 10 metres of working out ... more

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ZT develop new range of harness-ready outerwear

30 March 2013 Email this article

ZT Safety Systems has introduced a range of outerwear specially adapted to be worn in conjunction with the ZT Safety Harness. The range of clothing includes hi-vis vests, bomber jackets, body warmers, winter coveralls and fleeces. ZT can also adapt companies’ branded work wear ready to be used with the ZT Harness.  All items in the clothing range have specially adapted flaps located a ... more

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Staying safe on MEWPs

30 March 2013 Email this article

Discussions of what more can be done to prevent entrapment accidents  have reached fever pitch recently as an Health and Safety Executive (HSE) report revealed that awareness of risk factors– and indeed knowledge of just what entrapment is – is low in many key industries.  The problem is particularly associated with the use of MEWPs, which are increasingly being used in ever ... more

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New poster warns of danger of entrapment

30 March 2013 Email this article

The latest offering in Facelift’s retro poster range warns of the danger of entrapment – becoming crushed against an overhead object or wall. This is a risk particularly associated with the use of Mobile Elevated Platforms (MEWPs) but can easily be prevented with a thourough risk assesment and the right training - the PAL+ Course is for those that regularly work where there is a risk ... more

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