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Don't try this at home - Street entertainer with no supporting act!

23 October 2012 Email this article

Crowds in Trafalgar Square looked on speechless recently as a scantily-clad man stood astride what appeared to be a completely upright, unsupported ladder. Wielding knives and wearing an outfit that left very little to the imagination, street entertainer, Pete Dobbing, performed his signature trick of climbing and balancing on an entirely unsupported 10ft ladder to the delight of crowds in the ... more

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Facelift Photography - Trafalgar Square

16 October 2012 Email this article

On Sunday morning everything fell in to place - We've been planning a day time Panorama shot of Nelson's view over London for a few months now and on Sunday it all came together, great weather, only a slight breeze. During routine infrastructure inspection of Nelsons Column we were able to take a quick visit to Nelsons eye level and with the camera and gigapan all set up were able to capture a 360 ... more

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Our new Bronto S50XDT-J at St Hughs Monastery, Parkminster

8 October 2012 Email this article

Bronto S50XDT-J stop frame film demonstrating the amazing capabilities of this latest truck mounted platform to join our fleet. Film was shot at St Hughs Monastery Parkminster, the carthusian monastery has many private courtyards that are difficult to access for maintenance works, we were able to perform many maintenance tasks, including clearing of blocked gutters, minor roof repairs and inspe ... more

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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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