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Working at height top of the agenda at Safety and Health Expo 2013

3 March 2013 Email this article

Without careful attention to health and safety, working at height can be one of the most risky practices around, so it’s no wonder that it’s top of the agenda at this year’s Safety and Health Expo, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC on the 14th - 16th May 2013.    The Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) will be playi ... more

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Little brother is watching you...HSE Inspector snaps rogue company

3 March 2013 Email this article

One Trafford firm weren’t smiling after their poor health and safety practices were caught on camera by a passing HSE inspector.    Workers from Stretford Scaffolding Ltd were filmed taking down scaffolding without safety measures to prevent them being injured in a fall as they worked outside a row of terraced shops on Ripponden Road in Oldham.   Neither of the two men sta ... more

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Firm fined after failings in Newcastle City Centre

3 March 2013 Email this article

A construction firm has been fined for exposing workers to risks of falling from height and other safety failings at a site in Newcastle city centre.   Stoneforce Ltd, of Hertfordshire, was hired to carry out work on the refurbishment of a new retail store in Northumberland Street in September 2011.    By February 2012, a number of complaints about the site were received by the ... more

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HSE targets London sites in safety drive

3 March 2013 Email this article

The HSE has got the unsafe construction sites of London in its sights, as it launches a month-long inspection drive in the capital.    Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will make unannounced visits to sites across all boroughs where refurbishment or repair works are taking place in order to ensure duty holders are managing high-risk activity, such as working at heig ... more

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Firm fined after worker falls through roof in London

3 March 2013 Email this article

A London interior fit-out company has been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered career-ending injuries after falling six metres to the floor through a fragile roof light at a construction site.   The 46-year-old worker – who was working for Sherlock Interiors Contracting Ltd - broke three vertebrae, his right shoulder blade and several ribs in the fall in Kensington and i ... more

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HSE Report identifies serious knowledge gaps about the risks of entrapment

3 March 2013 Email this article

IPAF has welcomed a report on entrapment from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and stated that it hopes the content of the research will prove useful in improving safety practices in order to reduce the risk of entrapment - where a worker becomes crushed against an overhead object. RR960 Mobile elevated work platforms - Phase 3 is a comprehensive analysis of the risks surrounding entrapm ... more

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Congratulations to Scott Drury - F100 Winner

3 March 2013 Email this article

Congratulations to Scott Drury who wins £100 for his shot of the Moog120 Underbridge unit working in Manchester. The work being done was putting oak buffers on the riverside wall, part of a redevelopment programme, as the land before was a run down carpark/wasteland and is now being transformed into an amperthearte with fountains, part of the area regeneration. Scott was on that job for aro ... more

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Not for the faint of heart

3 March 2013 Email this article

For some time, Vertikal magazine has been compiling a collection of ‘Death Wishes’ – examples of appalling safety practices while working at height. While these examples are always nail-bitingly excruciating for anyone with a passing regard for health and safety, this video, shot in Delhi really caught our eye.  You’ll note that neither worker is wearing any PPE, and ... more

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Countdown to IAPA Awards...

3 March 2013 Email this article

The great and the good of the powered access world will be hitting Miami later on this month, when the International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) take place on the 26th March, the same day as the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) Summit is being held in the city. The categories for the award include:  IPAF Safety Champion  Access Rental Company of the Year Contri ... more

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ZT Safety Systems introduce the ‘ZT Dual Harness’

3 March 2013 Email this article

The right PPE when you’re on a job is a no brainer, and advances are always being made in terms of safety and design. The latest innovation comes with the launch of the ZT Dual Harness from ZT Safety Systems. Built in to trousers or coveralls, it has a comfortable unisex design and has both  front and rear attachment points, allowing multi-functionality. Whatever way it is worn, it st ... more

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