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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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Multitels make short work of monastery maintenance

1 June 2013 Email this article

Our recent purchase of several Multitel SMX 225 and SMX 250 models is already proving a sound investment, as proved by a piece of work we recently carried out at St Hugh's Parkminster Monastery. The Multitels’ compact size meant the team were easily able to navigate the narrow doorways of the monastery’s courtyard, while the their impressive reach for a 2.5 tonne vehicle meant that ev ... more

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F100 Photo Competition - Richard Litherland

1 June 2013 Email this article

This month’s F100 winner shows a piece of Facelift kit helping workers to reach the heights of the former Royal Lunatic Asylum (or Holloway Sanatorium), in Virginia Water, Surrey, now luxury residential accommodation managed by Knight Frank. Completed in 1885, the former sanatorium – conceived to treat ‘the insane of the middle class’ - is a sister building to Royal Hollow ... more

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Facelift recognised in national sustainability awards

1 June 2013 Email this article

Facelift was celebrated in the Guardian newspaper’s Sustainable Business Awards this month, as one of three companies shortlisted in the Energy category.  We were recognised because of the huge strides we have made towards becoming carbon neutral, and energy self-sufficient. Just by making simple changes, we’ve shaved 403 tonnes of carbon from our energy output. So what have we d ... more

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Free Safety Poster - WAH Ground Conditions

1 June 2013 Email this article

The 6th in our series of safety posters, this highlights the need to take in to account ground conditions when operating MEWPs. Ground conditions can be affected by not only weather, with rain and temperature, - but also hidden structure, including under ground voids, drainage and sewers, basements, man hole covers. The weight of the vehicle must also be considered, as this can damage surfaces, ... more

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F100 Winner - April - Greg Bromley

30 April 2013 Email this article

Congratulations to Greg Bromley who is our F100 winner for April. Greg has entered many shots over the course of the competition, so we thank him for his perseverance, this shot was taken on 'full stick' from the cage of a 34m Bronto, on site at South Downs Park, a former Hospital in Haywards Heath. Greg was the operator for the day during routine maintenance work, including window cleaning ... more

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Runaway lorry leads to worker’s death

29 April 2013 Email this article

Two companies were ordered to pay a total of £794,658 in fines and costs after father-of-three Gary Walters, 51,was run over and killed by his own lorry. Mr Walters was working for Gloucester-based contract haulier Larkins Logistics Ltd when the fatal incident occurred on 11 October 2010. He was collecting a trailer loaded with structural concrete products from Bison Manufacturing Ltd in S ... more

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Illuminations company fined after employee fall

29 April 2013 Email this article

A Chesham illuminations company has been fined by the HSE after their failings led to an employee breaking his arm and losing several teeth when he fell from a ladder. Ryszard Zolyniak, aged 44 at the time, was fixing bunting outside a supermarket to celebrate the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when the incident occurred at Chesham High Street on 11 April 2011. He and a colleague ... more

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HSE strikes back at jobsworths!

29 April 2013 Email this article

A panel set up by the HSE to help the public fight back against bogus health and safety excuses has clocked up a huge 150 cases in its first year. HSE Executive Chair Judith Hackitt, who  heads a team of experts that rules on cases when ‘health and safety’ is suspected of being cited for spurious  reasons, has called for those making daft decisions to own up to their real mo ... more

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