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Nine metre fall from mobile access tower

5 March 2012 Email this article

A 38-year-old employee of M-tech Engineering Limited fell from a mobile tower scaffold being used to install a steel staircase at a building in Convent Street, Nottingham, on 15 April 2009. Two Nottingham companies have been fined after a worker fell more than nine metres, injuring his back. He fractured two vertebrae and was off work for almost seven months. The building ... more

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Great shot! - F100 Winner Chris Gareze

28 February 2012 Email this article

Chris Gareze is our F100 Winner for February. Chris's shot was taken at during concrete repairs to the soffit of Callowbrook Bridge, on the A38 Birmingham Rd, Rubery. Platform used was the Ascendant 17 truck mounted platform, Chris commented 'The controls in the basket allowed us to carefully move the platform in to the best possible position, to carry out the work.'   View the Hi ... more

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Demolition crew in Beijing improvise to get their job done.

28 February 2012 Email this article

This demolition project is 200m away from the tallest building in Beijing in the heart of the CBD. As you will see the developer who has bought the land, Soho China, is knocking down the existing building while trying to save as much money as possible and with little regard to the safety of the workers. They need to get the job down as quick as they can with very few men and machines. The only way ... more

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CITB Grants Scheme - are you getting your share?

27 February 2012 Email this article

CITB-ConstructionSkills Grants exist to ensure the long term growth and developments of the industry, by means of a dedicated scheme that helps to contribute towards the costs of training, recognised qualifications and development. Training can give your workforce new skills and develop existing ones to keep your business competitive. CITB-ConstructionSkills offer g ... more

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ZT launch their latest product.... The ZT Flame Retardant Coverall

27 February 2012 Email this article

The ZT FR Coverall is worn in the same manner as a normal coverall however the harness itself is fully protected from chemicals and toxic by the FR coverall, rather than a traditional harness that is worn outside the garment. It comes in a selection of colours and can also be made with specifications such as GO/RT and Hi Vis. All ZT FR Coverall harnesses conform to the following EN531, EN I ... more

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Only a few days left to enter

27 February 2012 Email this article

The response to this addition to the IAPAs (International Powered Access Awards) has been tremendous. Photographs have come in from all over the world; of projects large and small, clearly demonstrating the huge range of applications in which aerial work platforms are employed. There is still a week to go before the entries will be sent to the judges so dig out those picture ... more

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Worker blown from top of container

27 February 2012 Email this article

 A food manufacturing firm has been fined after a worker was blown off the top of a shipping container while moving corrugated metal sheets. Barry Walton, 64, from Taunton, was an employee of Vion Foods UK Ltd and was working at their food processing plant in Wiveliscombe when the incident happened on 10 February 2010. Taunton Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Wal ... more

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2012 IAPA's shortlist announced

27 February 2012 Email this article

This year's International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) shortlist has been announced, the awards evening will be held on the 29th March 2012 in Rome as part of the IPAF summit. Overall the standard of entries was very high making it a tough job for our judging panel of: Wayne Lawson (JLG vice president and managing director of EAME and IPAF president); Gordon Leicester (managing director/owner ... more

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London construction company fined after workers avoidable 7m fall

24 February 2012 Email this article

A construction company in Harrow has been fined after a worker suffered life-changing injuries when he fell seven metres from an unguarded roof.   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted R & G Construction Ltd of Harrow as a result of the incident on 7 March 2011.   Vasile Ionel Vatca, a 28-year-old Romanian, had been working on a major refurbishment project at Eaton Mew ... more

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Government funding for SME apprenticeships

24 February 2012 Email this article

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills announced yesterday that £4.5 million is to be made available to boost adult skills in England’s major cities in a move welcomed by CITB-ConstructionSkills. However, the Skills’ body warns that industry involvement in funding allocation discussions is critical to the success of the scheme. Responding to the announcement the Se ... more

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