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Company fined and director sentenced after worker falls from height

1 December 2017 Email this article

The Managing Director of a solar panel company has received a suspended sentence and been ordered to complete community service after he was found guilty of breaching work at height regulations. The sentence came after Gloucester Crown Court heard how a worker suffered serious injuries after falling through a fragile rooflight at a farm in Kemble. The worker suffered fractures to the skull and ... more

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Roofing contractor fined after worker fell from height

1 December 2017 Email this article

A Dudley based contractor has been fined after a 30-year old labourer fell more than six metres through a fragile roof. Wolverhampton Crown Court heard how Mr Stephen Spreadbury hired the services of the worker to help him complete roof work at a site in Wolverhampton. In January of this year the man was walking along a solid section of the roof when his path became blocked off by Mr Spreadbury w ... more

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Close shave shows harness in action

1 December 2017 Email this article

Industry magazine Vertikal has published a video showing how the right health and safety precautions really do make a difference. While cleaning the glass window of a shop in Bournemouth using a truck mounted platform, a worker somehow managed to fall out of the basket. However, thanks to his harness, he was suspended in air rather than falling. Additionally, there was clearly someone on the gro ... more

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Catch us if you can! Facelift features in Pokemon 'Pokestop'

1 December 2017 Email this article

Pokemon Go players who visit the ‘Pokestop’ at St Peter’s Church in central Brighton may notice some familiar yellow and black livery creeping into view… We were tickled to spot a Facelift machine featured in the Pokestop, which is a virtual location where players can collect items such as eggs and the ‘poke balls’ that are used to pin down and catch Pokemon ch ... more

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Christmas Lights at Wakehurst

22 November 2017 Email this article

Ardingly’s giant redwood tree has been adorned with 1,800 lights with a lantern on the top, made by local school children. The dressing of the tree marked the start of preparations for Wakehurst’s most popular event of the year, the Glow Wild lantern festival. The decorating of the 110ft (33m) tall Redwood began when the facelift Bront 61 & Bronto 50 truck mounts arrived at Wakehu ... more

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

22 November 2017 Email this article

Facelift have been putting up the Christmas decorations on the Cartier building in London. Using a 34m Bronto, 22m and 18m Ascendant. ... more

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Facelift provides the right vantage point for the Countryfile team

31 October 2017 Email this article

While the Facelift team are no strangers to being behind the camera, we find ourselves in front of it rather less often. However, it was our time to shine last month when we were commissioned by the BBC’s Countryfile to allow them to film West Sussex’s Wakehurst Place estate from above for a piece commemorating the infamous storm of October 1987. On that fateful day – and ... more

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IPAF's MEWP controls research goes on the road

31 October 2017 Email this article

A special Mobile Elevating Work Platform (MEWP) control test rig from IPAF has been travelling the world in a bid to gather data to help the global standards body make recommendations as to the best way to standardise MEWP controls worldwide. Rupert Douglas-Jones, Technical & Safety Officer at the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), has been braving all weathers this autumn in a m ... more

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Scheme to fast-track future home builders launched

31 October 2017 Email this article

A new pilot scheme launched by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is set to close the skills gap in the home-building market by by fast tracking qualified construction college leavers into their specialist job area and getting them prepared for the world of work in key regions of the country. In doing so, it will reduce the risk of them falling away from the sector or unemployment. P ... more

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Automation could wipe out 600,000 construction jobs by 2040

31 October 2017 Email this article

Consultancy and construction firm Mace has conducted research which suggests that some 600,000 jobs in construction could be wiped out by 2040 due to automation. It’s not all bad news though. The firm also estimates that as a result of productivity gains, an added £25bn will be added to the UK economy. Discussing the findings, Mace chief executive, Mark Reynolds commented: “ ... more

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