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BSG study sees rise in falls from height

22 September 2011 Email this article

The number of construction workers who fell from a height has increased by 140% in the last three months. This type of accident now makes up 23% of all accidents, up from just 4% in the previous quarter. The number of accidents overall dropped by 21% from 226 in the May-July quarter down to 177 in the three months from August until November. According to an analysis by the Building Safety Group ... more

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HE AIN’T HEAVY... NEW HEAVYWEIGHT ZT HARNESS

21 September 2011 Email this article

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 huge step in the right direction that one of the most user-friendly harnesses on the block is now available to all wo ... more

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Health and safety inspections to be cut for low risk businesses

16 September 2011 Email this article

In a bid to cut red tape and reduce bureaucracy, ministers have announced that thousands of businesses deemed as low risk are to be made exempt from health and safety inspections. The government plans to scrap or change more than 3,000 regulations, aiming to relieve these businesses of the unnecessary burden that these checks place on them. Prime Minister David Cameron has said he backs all of ... more

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PASMA Tower Week: Monday 11 to Friday 15 June 2012

15 September 2011 Email this article

Preparations are well underway for PASMA Tower Week Yorkshire, a brand new initiative organised by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers' and Manufacturers' Association The aim of this campaign is to promote mobile access towers as a safe and adaptable method of working at height across all industry sectors. PASMA Tower Week will be launched on Monday 11 June 2012 and followed by a week long seri ... more

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Shopfitter breaks back in fall at Westfield in Stratford

9 September 2011 Email this article

A shopfitter has been injured in a fall at the new Westfield Stratford City complex which is due to open next week. Grant Prior - Construction Enquirer - 9th September - 2011 The Health and Safety Executive confirmed to the Enquirer that they have been notified about the accident which took place on Monday. The injured shopfitter is believed to have fallen from an A-frame ladder whil ... more

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Anger over incinerator plans

8 September 2011 Email this article

People living near the site of a giant incinerator - planned on green fields near their homes - used a 60 metre cherry picker crane to show the height of a proposed new chimney. West Sussex Council has shortlisted Hickstead and Goddards Green as two of its preferred locations for a new waste site which could process rubbish from as far away as London. Protesters say it'll mean more noise and pollu ... more

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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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