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Falls from ladders continues to drop _ HSE Report

28 September 2011 Email this article

For the second year running, figures released by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that the number of injuries involving the use of ladders and stepladders has fallen from 2132 in 2007/08 to 2011 in 2008/09 and 1817 in 2009/10. This despite an average overall increase of 51 per cent in the total number of falls from height reported to HSE over the same period.    &nb ... more

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f100 Winner for September

28 September 2011 Email this article

Congratulations to Nick Elsworth for this great shot taken on board an Aerial Aichi 14m Truck mounted platform being used to test the insitu stresses in a post tensioned bridge. The job was for A1+ working over the M56 supervising a novel technique to test insitu stresses in the bridge deck and soffit. The platform allowed three men plus the heavy hydraulic cutting equipment to work safely a ... more

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How many ladders?...

28 September 2011 Email this article

The men are painting the church clock tower in the northern town of Mussina, (previously Messina) South Africa on the border with Zimbabwe. Article from from Vertikal.net The first glimpse looks bad enough, the man is clearly on a long ladder at some height and trying to rub down and paint.  The ladder is though longer than you might think, the one the man is on is not resting on the ... more

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'Shocking bad management' on London site

28 September 2011 Email this article

Two London construction companies have been fined for "appalling" standards at a building site in the London Borough of Merton. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted principal contractor, Kubik Homes Ltd, and the subcontractor, Bellway Developments Ltd after visiting the site in Wimbledon on several occasions. Kubik Homes Ltd had already been served with four Prohibition N ... more

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PASMA Training - Fall Protection Review

27 September 2011 Email this article

A wide-ranging review of PASMA's recommended best practice for the avoidance of falls from height from mobile access towers has been conducted by PASMA in collaboration with the Health & Safety Executive.   Download the PASMA Review   Foreword from the HSE     PASMA the lead industry body for the mobile access tower sector, has led a wide-rangin ... more

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Company fined for unsafe working method that resulted in a serious fall

27 September 2011 Email this article

Spark's Mechanical Services Ltd, an Aberdeen electrical and refrigeration services company, has been fined £10,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell 2.6 metres from a scaffolding tower.   On 19 October 2010, Charles Howie was working on a scaffolding tower at Iceberg Ltd fish processing factory in Fraserburgh to remove two ceiling mounted refrigeration units from the ... more

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HSE Cracks down on unsafe Bournemouth building sites

27 September 2011 Email this article

A crackdown on unsafe construction sites is due to begin today (Monday 26 September) as businesses turn their attention to renovations and building projects now the tourist season is coming to a close.   The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) will be visiting small-scale projects and refurbishment sites which are responsible for more than half of the deaths in the construction sector, ... more

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Cherry picker does the job in Rotherham

27 September 2011 Email this article

We recently helped complete inspection works at Keppel’s Column Rotherham, using the Bronto 61m to inspect the column for wear and tear and general condition. The job was a high profile one as there were press from the local papers, police and the Mayor of Rotherham. At 115 feet, Keppel’s Column is the tallest of the Wentworth follies, and was originally planned to be even taller ... more

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Eddie & Trish - Work at height safety in York

22 September 2011 Email this article

Senior IPAF Instructor, Eddie Reast provided an introductory talk about working at height safely as part of the RBS Mentor's SHE Development Days Conference held in York earlier this year. RBS Mentor provides a business consultancy service to support businesses with their employment law, health and safety and environmental legislation.  Facelift Access Hire were ... more

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IPAF 'Spread the load'

22 September 2011 Email this article

IPAF (The International Powered Access Federation) has launched a new safety campaign at APEX, calling for the proper assessment of ground conditions and the correct use of stabilisers, outriggers and spreader plates.  What is 'Spread the load'? IPAF’s “Spread the load!” campaign is built around this simple and straightforward message: Spreader plates should always be u ... more

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