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Company fined after scaffolding collapse at wedding

8 September 2011 Email this article

A Surrey-based company has been fined after the floor of a marquee collapsed just as 150 guests sat down to enjoy a wedding breakfast. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Block Scaffolding Limited over a scaffold collapse that saw the false floor drop more than four feet at the wedding venue in Newbury. West Berkshire Magistrates' Court heard the bridal couple had organised for ... more

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Advance your career with the IPAF PAL Card

2 September 2011 Email this article

 Don't like heights? Well that needn't stop you getting a PAL Card to advance your career as Colin Sowman discovered.  'How did it come to this?' I thought as I arrived at Facelift's training centre to take a PAL Card course for operating a MEWP. The idea of ascending to great heights on an access platform filled me with apprehension (if not dread). As an engineer I was well aware of ... more

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Company ignores previous HSE warning - Now fined for using home made harness

2 September 2011 Email this article

 A Wiltshire firm has been prosecuted for compromising worker safety after using a homemade harness system during a barn renovation project. Agricultural contractor Ashton Farms Limited, of Steeple Ashton, Trowbridge, exposed employees to a fall from height risk at Manor Farm Grittleton, on Alderton Road, in Chippenham.   Chippenham Magistrates Court heard today (15 July) that when ... more

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IPAF Training - In and Out of Africa

2 September 2011 Email this article

KPA (The Kenyan Port Authority) Continues updating staff and equipment with a visit from UK IPAF Instructor - by Patricia Hughes Scott Gary Phillipson, a Senior IPAF (International Powered Access Federation) Instructor employed by Facelift GB Ltd., England, was in Kenya recently conducting IPAF training courses at the Kilindini docks at Kenya Port Authority for the operato ... more

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20% Discount on trailer mount hires during September

1 September 2011 Email this article

To receive your 20% discount off our standard hire rates please quote High Times September to our Hire desk personnel, or you can contact us via our contact forms and again quoting High Times September.   Trailer mounts included in this offer are the Nifty 90, Nifty 120 and Nifty 170.   This offer is for confirmed bookings taken during September 2011, this offer cannot be used in co ... more

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F100 Winner for August

26 August 2011 Email this article

Congratulations to our f100 prize winner for August, Bruce Lever who is a business development consultant with Facelift.   His shot was taken at Farringdon Station working on the power upgrade for the London Crossrail project. The 46m Bronto was used with its down reach of nearly 5 meters to work safely over the track giving the clients a stable working platform to install the cable ... more

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Tragic fall from stepladder

26 August 2011 Email this article

A Barnet-based wholesaler has been fined after a man died of injuries sustained when he fell from a stepladder.   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Ovenpride Wholesale Ltd and manager Amjad Mahmood for failing to provide a safe system of work which, led to the death of handyman Rocco Carofalo. The City of London Magistrates' Court heard on the morning of 22 April 2009 Mr Car ... more

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Protecting workers safety during civil unrest

26 August 2011 Email this article

  The British Safety Council is urging businesses across England to take sensible precautions to ensure that workers are kept safe and secure during any outbreak of public disorder, such as the recent street disturbances.   Many business premises were attacked, looted and in some circumstances set on fire over several days and employers need to be mindful of their duty of care towards ... more

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Five injured in scaffold collapse at Telford Academy

26 August 2011 Email this article

The incident happened at Abraham Darby Academy in Telford. Five people were hurt and one man in his 40s has been taken by helicopter to Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital with spinal injuries. A spokesman for Telford and Wrekin Council said the man airlifted to hospital was believed to be a worker with Kier Moss construction. West Midlands Ambulance Service said three of the people hurt in ... more

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Top 10 HSE's most bizarre "Bans"

24 August 2011 Email this article

Health and safety legislation exists to protect people from real risks at, or connected with, work. But it can be hard to see this from some of the stories that are reported. Below are 10 of the most bizarre health bans or restrictions spotted in media coverage by HSE over the last year. Wimbledon officials citing health and safety as a reason to close Murray Mount when it was wet. ... more

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