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Facelift gives Earl Grey a new look in Newcastle

3 March 2013 Email this article

Because of our work with London Fashion Week, we’re becoming no strangers to lending a hand when some of our nation’s most-loved statues need a helping hand sartorially. So we were delighted when we got a call from Newcastle Citizens’ Advice Bureau, who wanted to give us the unusual task of dressing the Earl Grey monument in Newcastle city centre in a scarf of dizzying dimensio ... more

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The New X Trax 120TN and 170 - Nifty by nature.

3 March 2013 Email this article

If you’re likely to be working in challenging conditions, you could do much worse than hiring in the Niftylift X Trax120TN an especially narrow tracked machine or the 170 for extra reach, both machines combine surprising capabilities with a spec that makes them perfect for a variety of applications. This pieces of kit provide excellent traction on steep or rough terrain, and offers 60 per ... more

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The writing’s on the wall with Facelift

3 March 2013 Email this article

We always love carrying out some of the more unusual jobs, so we were intrigued when we were asked to help out on a job with some graffiti artists in London’s Shoreditch. Walls in this super-trendy part of the capital were to be painted by iconic Berlin street artist Thierry Noir, who was making his London debut as part of ‘Street Art London’. The walls being painted were some 7 ... more

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Work at height safety poster - Pylons

3 March 2013 Email this article

In our line of work, it’s easy to fall into the habit of thinking that the only danger you face is a fall to the world below, but in fact what is lurking above you can be just as dangerous. Where power lines are present in the area you’re working, extreme caution and careful planning is required to prevent electrocution. When working near power cables and with the boom fully extende ... more

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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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