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Company fined after worker falls through roof

29 April 2018 Email this article

  A company and the boss of a firm it subcontracted to carry out work have been fined after a worker fell through a fragile roof. Brighton Crown Court heard how a farmer had contacted Southern Solar Ltd to fit 100 solar panels. The company subcontracted the fitting of the panels to a rope access company, Sky High Rope Access Ltd, run by Sonya French. During the installation, two operatives ... more

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Asbestos removal company and managers sentenced after forging documents

29 April 2018 Email this article

An asbestos removal company, and two of its managers, have today been prosecuted after forging documents in order to obtain an asbestos licence from HSE. Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard how, between 16 March 2012 and 10 March 2016, Excavation and Contracting (UK) Ltd used both forged medical certificates and forged asbestos training certificates for their asbestos removal op ... more

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Do you have what it takes to be an IPAF instructor? Join our team!

2 April 2018 Email this article

Ever fancied a career as an IPAF instructor? If so, get in touch with us. Demand for our IPAF courses is at an all-time high, so we’re on the look-out for new talent to add to our team. In order to be eligible to train as an IPAF instructor, you will need: ·       At least 36 months of MEWP operating experience ·    &nbs ... more

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CPA survey shows that plant operation is a top 5 occupation in construction but recruitment remains a key challenge for plant hire companies

2 April 2018 Email this article

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has completed a major research project to examine the supply and demand of plant operatives across the construction industry. A key purpose of the report was to gain clarity over the number of plant operators in UK construction and to challenge the published figure of around 40,000 as detailed in CITB’s Construction Skills Network Foreca ... more

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Cherry picker comes to rescue of koala stuck up power pole for two days

2 April 2018 Email this article

When koala was stuck up a power pole for two days without food, shade or water during a heatwave in Darling Downs, Queensland, Australia, it was a cherry picker that eventually came to its rescue. WWF-Australia released video of the animal being rescued and released back into the wild, with a warning that excessive tree-clearing were pushing koalas into developed areas. They said the y ... more

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CITB launches new look grant scheme

2 April 2018 Email this article

On the 3 April 2018 the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) will launch its new Construction Training Directory, Construction Training Register and Grants Scheme. As part of the new Construction Training Register, employers will be able to see the qualifications that each construction worker holds in an industry register. To find out more about how these new schemes may affect you and yo ... more

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The IAPAs award winners announced

2 April 2018 Email this article

The winners of the 2018 International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) have been announced. The most prestigious awards in the powered access industry, the awards celebrate best practice and excellence in the industry. This year’s awards ceremony was held in Miami, USA on the 8th March. This year’s winners included US business United Rentals, who won Access Rental Company o ... more

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Get ready for changes to statutory payments

2 April 2018 Email this article

From the 1 April 2018, there will be a rise in the statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay and adoption pay, which will all rise from £140.98 per week to £145.18 per week, with the weekly rate for the first 6 weeks at 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings.  Statutory sick pay (SSP) will also increase from £89.35 to £92.05. ... more

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Egg Producer and Joinery Contractor fined after worker falls from roof

2 April 2018 Email this article

  A Preston egg production company and a joinery sub-contractor have been fined after a worker fell through a roof. Following an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Preston Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of T& J Leigh had been helping the joinery contractor Harry Jackson to re-roof an old feed mill building when he fell five metres through a gap, t ... more

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IPAF Training offer - SAVE £90

2 April 2018 Email this article

Facelift customers can get more bang for their buck with our bonus offer for those undertaking training with us. Until end of April 2018 you can enjoy free IPAF harness training (worth £90) when you book IPAF courses 1B, 3A & 3B. Facelift is an IPAF Senior Instructor Training Centre and provides IPAF Operator training courses for all types of powered access platforms including mobile ve ... more

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