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Worker falls 4.5m from scaffold tower during Gym Refurb

2 February 2013 Email this article

In Kent, a renovation company was fined after an incident in which an unsupervised labourer fell more than four metres from a poorly constructed scaffold tower whilst stripping out a basement gym in Farringdon, Central London. The contractor fractured two vertebrae and broke five ribs in the fall The Romanian National was part of a crew of labourers working for Swanley-based MJM Fitout Ltd in ord ... more

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HSE responds to SpongeBob SquarePants Christmas Lights Story

2 February 2013 Email this article

The HSE is continuing its trend of fighting back against detractors who blame them for being ‘spoilsports’. In a bizarre case, health and safety regulations were cited as the reason a man dressed as children’s TV character ‘SpongeBob Squarepants’ wasn’t allowed on stage at a Christmas lights switch on ceremony in Wolverhampton. The city’s council claimed ... more

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Worlds first telescopic podium - £325 + VAT

2 February 2013 Email this article

If you’re looking for an easy-to-assemble, easy-to-transport working at height solution, the Zarges Telepod might just be the product for you. This lightweight telescopic mobile podium allows easy transportation, storage and erection of a solid working platform. A safer option than a ladder, it is an inexpensive and durable alternative to a fixed podium or other low level access equipment ... more

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Company fined after member of public alerts HSE

2 February 2013 Email this article

While many firms may dread the knock at the door from the HSE it seems rogue companies should also fear eagle-eyed members of the public, following a spate of cases in which the HSE was alerted to poor on site health and safety practices by a concerned passerby. For example, a Willenhall refurbishment and shop fitting company has been fined for safety failings after instructing two employees ... more

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Record training for IPAF - 2012

2 February 2013 Email this article

IPAF has announced that over 112,887 people were trained at one of its approved training centres – such as Facelift – in 2012. This represents an increase of 11.3 per cent over the 101,457 people trained in 2011. To this end, IPAF also issued a record 108,065 PAL Cards worldwide through its approved training centres in 2012, an increase of about 10.8% over the 97,488 PAL Cards issued ... more

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Pasma training on the up - 20% in 2012

2 February 2013 Email this article

In 2012 a record breaking 60,000 candidates attended and successfully completed a tower training course at an approved PASMA training centre such as Facelift – an increase of 20 per cent on the previous year. Since PASMA first introduced its Towers for Users course back in 2005, it has successfully trained more than 350,000 operatives to avoid falls from height through the safe and effectiv ... more

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Congratulations to Sarah Carlin - F100 winner January

2 February 2013 Email this article

We’re always keen to receive photos of Facelift kit at work, so we were delighted to receive this photo of one of our Bronto 34s being used for some property maintenance in Holland Road, Hove. Thanks to Sarah Carlin for sending in this shot. Everyone can enter the F100 competition - so if you too happen to glimpse one of our machines, why not take a picture and you could win £100 ... more

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CITB-ConstructionSkills unveils three year plan

2 February 2013 Email this article

CITB-ConstructionSkills, the construction industry’s training board this month published its plan for how it will meet the construction industry’s training and skills needs over the next three years. Developed in conjunction with the industry, the organisation’s 2013- 2015 Business Plan outlines how it will: -       Lead on the UK construction ind ... more

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Guardian Sustainable Business Awards - Easy to enter

2 February 2013 Email this article

Getting a few awards under your belt is always good for business.The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards celebrate the best in environmentally-friendly business practices, and with the deadline the 8th February 2013, it’s not too late to enter. You can view the categories and criteria for the awards here. Judges are looking for initiatives that are already making an impact and could e ... more

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New innovations: Focus on the H217 Hybrid 4X4 from Niftylift

2 February 2013 Email this article

HR17 Hybrid 4X4 from Niftylift for hire We’ve found that our customers are increasingly interested in safety features and how the machine they’re hiring minimises the impact it has on its surroundings, environmentally and in terms of noise, weight and size. This isn’t just because companies are under increasingly pressure to do all they can to reduce their own environmental f ... more

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