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Ladder training - not to be laughed at

23 March 2012 Email this article

More workers are killed by falls from height than any other type of accident, according to figures from the Health and Safety Executive and the insurance industry. With over two million ladders in use daily throughout the UK, ladder safety must be taken seriously, as a key contender to working at height. Why do you need ladder training? Tried and tested, the humble ladder may be overlooked in te ... more

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Company fined due to unsafe demolition and construction work

23 March 2012 Email this article

Unsafe demolition and construction work has led to an Edgware-based construction company and its director being fined. Laxmi Developments Ltd and its director, Vijay Madhaparia, of Tavistock Road, Edgware, have been prosecuted for failing to comply with a Prohibition Notice (PN), failing to provide adequate safety protection for employees and failing to carry out an asbestos survey on a propert ... more

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The City of London and working at height

20 March 2012 Email this article

The City of London classes both window cleaning and the use of suspended access equipment as a high risk activity. As such, there are annual inspections, in support of the HSE Falls from Height Priority Programme and it is involved at the planning application stage for large developments - to minimise risk to 'As Low As Reasonably Practicable', in line with the HSE policy.  Being  aware ... more

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Keep things in check, with the Health and Safety Executive's Safe Maintenance Campaign

20 March 2012 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive has a Healthy Workplaces European Campaign on Safe Maintenance, in partnership with the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA), the EEF and the TUC.  This Europe-wide campaign promotes a safe and healthy workplace - through encouraging an in depth and structured approach to maintenance. Maintenance affects each area of health and safety. ... more

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Unsafe loading leads to worker's fall

20 March 2012 Email this article

An employee fell around two metres while unloading a shipping container, attached to the back of an HGV.  As a result, a partner in a Leicester food company has been fined. The 18-year-old employee was asked to unload barrels, stored in layers with plywood separating each layer, from the container at Simtom Food Products factory in Merry Lees. The teenage worker was then lifted on a pallet ... more

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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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