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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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Demolition body produces Do's and Don'ts booklet, including work at height safety guidance

24 February 2012 Email this article

  This booklet has been produced as a guide in identifying potential hazards and adopting good practices by all involved in the demolition process. The people who most benefit from this guide will include; site supervisors, operatives and especially new starters. Download the Booklet here  The National Federation of Demolition Contractors is the voice of the UK demolitio ... more

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From above - James Whitaker - Photographer

24 February 2012 Email this article

James Whitaker, Photographer and winner of our f22 competition talks us through his approach and some work he has produced using cherry pickers, Tom Crew reports. "With a background in architecture I now work as a portraiture and lifestyle photographer, shooting people on location in their own environment for magazines and commercial clients. Some of the most satisfying work that I do though ... more

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HSE - Poor standards unacceptable on construction sites

22 February 2012 Email this article

HSE clampdown to reduce death and injury on construction sites Their primary focus will be high-risk activity such as working at height and also 'good order' such as ensuring sites are clean and tidy with clear access routes. Construction sites are being put under the spotlight as part of an intensive inspection initiative aimed at reducing death, injury and ill health. Between 20 Febr ... more

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Form work fails resulting in eight metre fall

7 February 2012 Email this article

Two workers fell eight metres from a temporary structure that collapsed while they were upon it, Cheltenham Magistrates Court heard.   Spencer Gosney from Yeovil, and Matthew Brewer from Nottingham, had been sub-contracted to build a concrete core as part of a new factory building at GlaxoSmithKline's premises in Coleford, Forest of Dean. Chalcroft Ltd was the principal contractor on site. O ... more

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