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The Green Deal Explained...

2 February 2013 Email this article

What is the Green Deal?   The Green Deal will allow owners of homes and businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their home or building now, and pay later. Construction businesses will be able to set up as Green Deal providers and offer customers a finance package which will enable them to carry out retrofit work on their property – such as installing insulation. The Energy A ... more

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More needs to be done to include SMEs in Green Deal, says FMB

2 February 2013 Email this article

The Government needs to do more to help SMEs get involved with environmental initiative The Green Deal, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).   Research from the federation showed that just over a quarter (27%) of small to medium-sized (SME) construction firms are planning to get involved in the Green Deal.   The FMB suggests that because not enough has been done to create de ... more

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Be seen! - Safety Poster

2 February 2013 Email this article

 Be seen! - we've just launched the latest in our new series of work at height safety posters, this time with a ‘Be Seen’ theme. The poster is illustrated by Stephen Harnwell Jones, and was designed to show the importance of wearing hi-viz, especially in the winter months and on busy sites with heavy traffic.   Download the 'Be Seen! Safety poster ... more

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HSE say firms must do better....

4 January 2013 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) ended the year by offering a stark warning about the consequences of poor health and safety practices in 2012, and urged firms to do better in 2013.   The HSE’s figures showed that the number of workplace related deaths across Britain as a whole remained virtually static in 2011/12, with 173 workers killed, compared to 175 deaths during 2010/11, n ... more

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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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