Facelift access and safety made easy

Call us now on 0844 22 54 360

Facelift 33rd Anniversary

Facelift news by email

Get our latest news stories by email, as soon as they're published.

Devon based welding engineer sentenced after serious injury to worker

30 September 2018 Email this article

An agricultural engineer from Totnes in Devon has been sentenced after a worker sustained serious, life changing injuries after he fell through a mezzanine floor whilst it was under construction. Plymouth Crown Court heard how Russell Soper, trading as RJS Agricultural Welding was contracted to install the mezzanine floor in a unit at the South Hams Business Park in Totnes during March 201 ... more

Read more

Council fined after workers exposed to asbestos

30 September 2018 Email this article

Kent County Council (KCC) has been fined £200,000 after asbestos was disturbed at Lansdowne Primary School. Canterbury Crown Court heard how, on 6 November 2014, an environmental health officer was carrying out a routine food inspection when they noticed what looked like asbestos rope hanging from the ceiling. A prohibition notice was served on the now independent educational trust. ... more

Read more

Colchester company fined after walker falls through fragile floor

30 September 2018 Email this article

A Colchester-based company has been fined after an employee fell through fragile ceiling tiles. Basildon Magistrates’ Court heard how, on 8 January 2016, a worker was asked to sort shoes which were stored on a floor, next to an unprotected area of fragile ceiling tiles. The worker fell through the fragile ceiling tiles, approximately 2.7m to the floor below suffering serious injuries to ... more

Read more

Why safety lapses are never worth it, even if it's 'just one time'

30 September 2018 Email this article

Real life stories always hit home more than government reports and warnings. So we were very moved by this video by steel and mining firm ArcelorMittal. Telling the story of Max, an otherwise exemplary employee who made one fatal mistake, the clip really hammers home that forgetting about health and safety “just that one time” can have, not only on the worker, but on his or her friends ... more

Read more

Home Office launch an Employer Toolkit to support EU Workers

2 September 2018 Email this article

Businesses reliant on workers from the EU will be pleased to learn that the Home Office has developed an employer toolkit to help equip employers with the right tools and information to support their EU workers to stay in the country via the EU settlement scheme. The toolkit contains leaflets, posters and a briefing pack to help employers across the UK communicate clear and consistent messages ab ... more

Read more

CITB release statement on CPCS scheme

2 September 2018 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has released a statement regarding the changes to its Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) cards. As part of the Vision 2020 programme of reform, CITB is divesting its cards schemes to other suitable providers, including the CPCS scheme. It has recently announced that NOCN has been selected as the preferred bidder for the CPCS scheme. If the ... more

Read more

New Plant Operator Apprenticeship under Development

2 September 2018 Email this article

The Institute for Apprenticeships (IfA) has approved plans to develop an apprenticeship scheme for Construction Plant Operatives. The industry-led group who made the submission are now preparing to develop the relevant standards and assessment plan, with the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) providing administrative support to the programme. The working group will be developing a level 2 ... more

Read more

Drop in EU migrant workers sounds alarm bell for UK construction

2 September 2018 Email this article

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said that the recent drop in EU net migration should sound alarm bells for the construction industry, saying that the fact that EU net migration is at its lowest level since 2012 is “deeply worrying”. Commenting on the Migration Statistics Quarterly Report for August 2018, published by the Office for National Statistics, Sarah McMona ... more

Read more

Have your say on the future of apprenticeship grants

2 September 2018 Email this article

The CITB is inviting the industry to have their say on the future of apprenticeship grants. In April of this year, CITB announced that it was reforming and simplifying many of the processes around its grants scheme, including making two changes to apprenticeship grants. First, from 1 April 2018, apprenticeships must be in a construction-related discipline and aligned to the CITB Scope Order, so ... more

Read more

Facelift flashback: Facelift assists with Fourth Plinth Cockerel Sculpture

2 September 2018 Email this article

This time five years ago we were tasked with the sort of job that you certainly don’t see very often…installing a 4.7 metre blue cockerel on a plinth in Trafalgar Square.  To complete the job, we used a Nifty Heightrider 17 4X4 lifting platform. Capable of lifting two men and their tools to a working height of over 17m and with an outreach of 9.6 metres, this machine is also lig ... more

Read more