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Howay the Ladders

2 November 2012 Email this article

Construction sites across the North East were recently put under the spotlight as part of an intensive inspection regime by the Health and Safety Executive. A total of 69 sites were inspected in September, and although the majority were found to be managing health and safety risks appropriately, work was stopped immediately on several sites. A total of 14 Prohibition Notices were served because ... more

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Broken Bones, Lost Teeth, Psychological Damage...

2 November 2012 Email this article

Grave injuries sustained, lives devastated and careers irreparably damaged. The last month’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecutions make for extremely depressing reading. And the severity of each incident is matched by how easy it would have been to prevent, simply by using a ladder, MEWP or platform.   For example, in Bedford, a grain milling company was prosecuted as a conseq ... more

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When I'm cleaning windows

2 November 2012 Email this article

It’s not often that the importance of safety when working from height makes the pages of the nationals but it made the news last week, for all the wrong reasons. A passerby captured a video of a window cleaner working 40ft above ground level at the Loch Fyne restaurant in Bath, Somerset, without a harness, scaffold or MEWP in sight. Worse still, he was seen merrily hopping out of windows, ... more

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Winners announced at health and safety 'Oscars'

2 November 2012 Email this article

Good health and safety practice often goes un-noticed, so it’s only right that the safety and health practitioners who have excelled at protecting people from injury or ill health were recognised earlier this month at an awards ceremony held by Safety and Health Practitioner (SHP) magazine and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH). Comedian Seann Walsh of the BBC’s ... more

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Don't try this at home - Street entertainer with no supporting act!

23 October 2012 Email this article

Crowds in Trafalgar Square looked on speechless recently as a scantily-clad man stood astride what appeared to be a completely upright, unsupported ladder. Wielding knives and wearing an outfit that left very little to the imagination, street entertainer, Pete Dobbing, performed his signature trick of climbing and balancing on an entirely unsupported 10ft ladder to the delight of crowds in the ... more

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Facelift Photography - Trafalgar Square

16 October 2012 Email this article

On Sunday morning everything fell in to place - We've been planning a day time Panorama shot of Nelson's view over London for a few months now and on Sunday it all came together, great weather, only a slight breeze. During routine infrastructure inspection of Nelsons Column we were able to take a quick visit to Nelsons eye level and with the camera and gigapan all set up were able to capture a 360 ... more

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Our new Bronto S50XDT-J at St Hughs Monastery, Parkminster

8 October 2012 Email this article

Bronto S50XDT-J stop frame film demonstrating the amazing capabilities of this latest truck mounted platform to join our fleet. Film was shot at St Hughs Monastery Parkminster, the carthusian monastery has many private courtyards that are difficult to access for maintenance works, we were able to perform many maintenance tasks, including clearing of blocked gutters, minor roof repairs and inspe ... more

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, INSPECTION: CONSTRUCTION SITES UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT AND NEW SAFETY WEBSITE FROM HSE

1 October 2012 Email this article

Despite decades of campaigns, investment in training, and attitudes towards health and safety improving significantly in the last 30 years, it seems that basic errors are still being made on construction sites all over the UK, leading to death, injury and ill health when working at height. In the last year [up to April 2012], 49 workers lost their lives on construction sites in the UK, with falls ... more

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HE AIN’T HEAVY...NEW HEAVYWEIGHT ZT HARNESS

1 October 2012 Email this article

A UK-based harness manufacturer and distributor has tackled one of the more weighty health and safety issues of our times, by increasing the certified capacity for its ZT harnesses from 100kg to 150kg. Innovations in the field of PPE are being made all the time, and it’s a step in the right direction that one of the most user-friendly harnesses on the block is now available to all worker ... more

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CUTTING RED TAPE OR CUTTING CORNERS? REGULATIONS SCRAPPED AND INSPECTIONS CUT

1 October 2012 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may be announcing plans to tighten up inspections on construction sites, but it seems that from April 2013, ‘low risk’ businesses will be exempt from visits from their visits. Ministers have announced that they will scrap or change more than 3,000 regulations applying to businesses such as pubs, shops, offices and clubs, with the aim of relievin ... more

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