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All IPAF PAL Cards now officially 'SMART'...

1 February 2020 Email this article

All valid Powered Access Licence (PAL) Cards issued by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) to MEWP and MCWP operators in circulation worldwide are now Smart cards, as since January 2015 all cards issued by the global PAL Card processing team at IPAF’s head office in Cumbria, UK, have been Smart-capable. The use of Smart technology was mandated by IPAF from 1 January 2015 to h ... more

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Governments MAC has listened to construction industry, says CITB

1 February 2020 Email this article

 CITB welcomes the recommendations in today’s Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) report:   A Points-Based System and Salary Thresholds for Immigration. Over the last three years CITB has annually researched, and presented to Government, the views of construction employers, recruiters and non-UK born workers on the possible impact of proposed visa restrictions following the U ... more

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The Governments seven key priorities for CITB in 2020

1 February 2020 Email this article

The CITB has an essential role in supporting the success of the construction sector – enabling us to achieve our ambition to build 300,000 homes a year, while also developing our infrastructure. In order to succeed we need a construction industry that is productive and innovative, something that can only be achieved by sustained investment in skills. This letter sets out the Government&rsqu ... more

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The time is now right for VAT cut on renovation work - FMB

1 February 2020 Email this article

Commenting on the recommendation in today’s final report of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission that VAT on repair and renovation work should be zero-rated or at least charged at 5%, Chief Executive of the Federation of Master Builders, Brian Berry said: “I am glad the Commission has highlighted the perverse situation where people are incentivised to ... more

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Builders waiting for the 'BORIS BOUNCE'

1 February 2020 Email this article

Workloads for small building companies fell in the final quarter of 2019 but builders are more optimistic for 2020, according to a recent survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The key results of the FMB’s State of Trade Survey for Q4 are: In the three months to December 2019 builders workloads fell into negative territory with around 21% of firms reporting lower worklo ... more

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Ladders and towers Test & Research Centre now open

1 February 2020 Email this article

Back in 2018, the Ladder Association agreed to support the establishment of a UK testing centre for access equipment. We wanted to see a facility where ladders could be put through their paces. Where access products could earn their own quality mark. Where there was plenty of space for indoor work at height training. And, crucially, where research could be done to help improve height safety. To ... more

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Councils bans use of ladders

1 February 2020 Email this article

Article from the Sun Newspaper:  CAUTIOUS town council has banned workers from using ladders because they breach health and safety rules. Ringwood Town Council said its maintenance team can no longer climb ladders to put up banners in the Hampshire market town because it is too dangerous. 15ft high banners have previously been attached on lampposts to advertise charity and group events in ... more

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BREXIT Transition period

1 February 2020 Email this article

The UK has now left the EU. The transition period is in place while the EU and UK negotiate new arrangements for a trade deal. It will end on 31 December 2020. Your responsibility to protect the health and safety of people affected by your work activities remain the same during the transition period. The guidance health and safety made simple: the basics for your business, will help you to ... more

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Roofer suffers serious injury falling from ladder

1 February 2020 Email this article

 A roofing company has been fined after a worker suffered serious back injuries when he fell from a ladder whilst transporting a bucket full of broken tiles. Folkestone Magistrates’ Court heard that on 2 October 2018, AU Roofing and Building Ltd workers were working on a roof in Elmes Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent where they were required to carry buckets of materials by hand down the scaffol ... more

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Our super team - Facelift, AFI and Wilson access

4 January 2020 Email this article

Ben Cross our South East Sales Manager captured this shot of six spider lifts and two mast booms working together to complete the redecoration of a swimming pool in south west London. Facelift also provide full IPAF training and PPE for the operators. ... more

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