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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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MANDATORY ACCIDENT REPORTING WILL HELP BOOST SAFETY, SAY IPAF

1 October 2012 Email this article

They may have only just formed, but IPAF’s new UK Council is already making significant changes. In the first ever meeting of the IPAF UK Country Council the group voted to make accident reporting a condition of IPAF membership for UK rental companies. This means that as of 2013, IPAF rental company members in the UK are required to report any known aerial lift accidents involving their sta ... more

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LAST CHANCE TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD ON RIDDOR CONSULTATION

1 October 2012 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) consultation on proposed changes to the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurences Regulations (RIDDOR) closes on the 28th October, meaning contractors have just four weeks left to make their voices heard. The changes being proposed will remove the duty to report in cases where the information is of little use or better collected throug ... more

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NEW BODY TO HELP DRIVE GROWTH OF THE UK POWERED ACCESS INDUSTRY

1 October 2012 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has formed its first ever UK Country Council, and appointed its inaugural chairman, Peter Douglas, who is executive director of operations at Nationwide Platforms. The IPAF UK Country Council has 22 members, with a range of industry experience and a wide representation of rental companies, manufacturers, training centres and suppliers. The body ... more

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NO BREAKS, NO BARRIERS, WRONG PARTS

1 October 2012 Email this article

The catastrophic impact that poor planning and using the wrong equipment can have on the lives of workers has been demonstrated yet again in the case of Merseyside firm, CME Ceilings, who have just been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Merseyside firm was sentenced after a worker received life-threatening injuries when he fell from scaffolding while working for the compan ... more

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PHOTO CAUSES PROBLEMS FOR GERMAN MANUFACTURER

1 October 2012 Email this article

Ruthmann, a German aerial platform and utility vehicle manufacturer, were left red in the face recently when a marketing photo fell foul of Vertikal magazine’s editorial team. The photo shows a mid-range truck mounted lift showcasing its remarkable below ground level reach. The only problem, say Vertikal, is that the work is taking place over a busy road where it could easily collide with p ... more

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High Fashion: Project featured in Cranes and Access Magazine

1 October 2012 Email this article

Always innovators, we can now add getting a mention of London Fashion Week in Cranes and Access magazine to our list of ‘firsts’, as our project with the fashionistas made the front page of September’s issue. In the run-up to the Olympics, we helped them dress some of the capital’s most famous statues in haute couture hats to help kick-start the party atmosphere, which cau ... more

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F100 Winner September Matt Davies - Bronto-saurus rex

1 October 2012 Email this article

Congratulations to our F100 Winner Matt Davies who has captured the Bronto S34mdt getting amongst it in the wilds of Co Durham. The Bronto is seen here removing a very large tree that had given up its 200 year old battle to remain upright, and after taking a lightning strike had split down the middle becoming dangerously unstable. Following the split the fallen section was leaning preca ... more

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