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Electrician falls more than five metres

1 June 2012 Email this article

Whilst working in the loft space of a Swindon youth centre, an apprentice electrician, John O’Connor, seriously injured his back on falling through the ceiling. A specific risk assessment for the work had not been carried out, nor had they ensured that adequate steps were taken to reduce the risk of a fall. On 14th May, the electrical and mechanical contractors stood before the Swindon Magi ... more

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Unsafe working practice leads to company fine

1 June 2012 Email this article

Despite several warnings, a Croydon-based construction company has been fined due to its unsafe working practice at a Lewisham site. Following two visits to a construction site on Honor Oak Road, Forest Hill in 2009, Anza Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive - upon the discovery of some serious safety issues. The firm had previously been advised by the HSE and served a Prohibitio ... more

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British Safety Council Launches 'Working Well' campaign

27 April 2012 Email this article

Health and safety generates polarised views. Some see health and safety regulation as key to preventing injury and ill health; others see it as a burden on business, driving risk aversion and undermining our collective sense of responsibility. Over the past year health and safety regulation has been under scrutiny from the government and the press have frequently highlighted misapplication of ... more

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Top Ten Health and Safety Myths

27 April 2012 Email this article

Story from HSE - News There is no shortage of daft decisions being blamed on health and safety. Over the years, the Health and Safety Executive has tackled some quite incredible myths about what health and safety bans or orders people to do. It's hard to tell where some of these ridiculous and baffling myths originate, but they all have one crucial thing in common - they are not required by ... more

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Croydon site 'Potential death trap' Kent construction company fined

27 April 2012 Email this article

A construction company has been fined for continuing unsafe working practices at a site in Upper Norwood, Croydon, after repeatedly ignoring safety warnings. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) identified multiple failings at a project on Sylvan Hill run by Unicorn Services Limited, where the Kent-based firm was building a four-storey block of flats. After the hearing, HSE ... more

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F100 Winner Amanda Houchen

26 April 2012 Email this article

April comes to a close, with our F100 Winner Amanda Houchen. Amanda captured this shot of the Nifty HR125, when passing by the Royal Arcade Piccadilly. The photograph sees this access platform as being just the job for restoring one of London's oldest, most charming shopping arcades, with its ornate ceilings and hanging lanterns, located in the heart of Piccadilly.   Congratulations to Ama ... more

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IPAF launches new 'Ready Reckoner' conversion tool

26 April 2012 Email this article

A new interactive conversion tool launched by IPAF, helps operators to calculate the correct spreader plate sizes for powered access equipment. This tool is part of the IPAF 'Spread the load' campaign, which states that; spreader plates should always be used with boom-type mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), when fully supported on their outriggers.   These spreader plates sh ... more

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Don't be fooled by health and safety cheats and proxy testing

26 April 2012 Email this article

The CITB-Construction Skills is urging us to watch out for health and safety fraud, known as proxy testing - where workers are using other people's identification passes with their own photograph.    This issue has come to light after two men were jailed for 18 months, for taking multiple health and safety tests on behalf of other construction workers. They were caught by staff at CITB ... more

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Results of the 2012 Great Easter Egg Hunt Competition

26 April 2012 Email this article

We're pleased to say that the 2012 Great Easter Egg Hunt Competition has been a resounding success, with everyone hot on the the trail of eggs around the Facelift website.  There were more than 900 entries overall, with over 300 people finding all 12 eggs. A really big thank you to everyone who entered the competition to tackle the egg hunt. For the first 50 pulled from the draw, you'll be n ... more

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Intermat 2012 attracts record numbers in Paris

25 April 2012 Email this article

Intermat is a leading global event for professionals in the construction and public works sector, that takes place every three years and isn't short of visitors. This global event attracts major players in the construction industry - exhibiting new equipment and techniques for the civil engineering and construction industries and boasts a large range of the latest powered access equipment. This ye ... more

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