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£10 to charity for all IPAF, PASMA and Ladder courses booked in July

1 July 2018 Email this article

We’re a charitable bunch here at Facelift, and this July we’re donating £10 for every IPAF, PASMA and Ladder training course booked. The money raised will be shared equally between three fantastic charities – The Royal Marsden cancer charity, which does everything from fund state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research to fund better settings for patients to rece ... more

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Facelift Flashback: Multitels make short work of monastery maintenance

1 July 2018 Email this article

  Casting our minds back to June 2013, we were out using our brand new Multitel SMX 225 and SMX 250 models to carry out some much-needed maintenance at St Hugh’s Parkminster Monastery in Cowfold, West Sussex.    With the machines’ compact size meaning that the team were easily able to navigate the narrow doorways of the monastery’s courtyard, we were able to ... more

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Company fined after worker suffers spinal injuries

1 July 2018 Email this article

  A roofing company has been fined after roof work at height was undertaken unsafely, leading to a worker falling through a roof light and suffering spinal injuries. Dudley Magistrates’ Court heard how people were working on the roof with no safety measures in place to prevent them from falling. Woodhull Roofing Ltd was contracted to carry out work for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough C ... more

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Maidstone company fined following death of worker

1 July 2018 Email this article

A Maidstone company has been sentenced after a maintenance worker fell five metres through a roof and died. Folkstone Magistrates’ Court heard that on, 23 September 2015, Justin Newitt fell through an opening that was being created on the roof of the premises of Maidstone Studios Ltd. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the tower scaffold used to access ... more

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Two companies fined after worker fell from height

1 July 2018 Email this article

A contractor and scaffolding company were sentenced today for safety breaches after a worker fell five metres from a roof in December 2015, suffering life-changing injuries.  Leeds Magistrates’ Court heard how Jhanade Ryan, a sub-contractor working for Centreco (UK) Ltd, was installing solar panels to the roof of Firth Steels, Brighouse when he fell. He slipped on the roof, s ... more

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Facelift help to festoon the Mall with Commonwealth Flags

2 June 2018 Email this article

Facelift was once again called in to assist with a very high profile job in late April when we were asked to line the Mall with the flags of each nation of the Commonwealth ahead of the bi-annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. In order to complete the job, we used a Niftylift HR17, which has a proven track record for this type of job due to its ability to support the operative ... more

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1,500 new entrants to industry to be attracted with new £2.1m FIS and CITB collaboration

2 June 2018 Email this article

A new £2.1m partnership has been agreed between the Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) and the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). The programme has received £1.5 million in funding from CITB and aims to bring in 1,500 new entrants into the sector by 2020. The Fit-out Futures programme will address key challenges faced in the finishes and interior sector, including skills sh ... more

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Attracting a new generation into the construction industry

2 June 2018 Email this article

Build UK and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) has launched a new work experience guide for the construction industry, designed to make it as easy as possible for companies to provide work experience placements that provide a stepping stone into longer term work or training – building on the excellent work many are already doing. With almost a fifth of those working in constr ... more

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We need to do more to crush the cowboys, say 80% of builders

2 June 2018 Email this article

Almost 80% of builders are calling for more regulation in the construction industry to end the tyranny of cowboy builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB is calling on the Government to introduce a licensing scheme in construction as part of its new Agenda ‘Raising the bar: A post-Grenfell agenda for quality and professionalism in construction’. Discuss ... more

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What happened when engineers and RSPCA tried to rescue cat from 11k volt electricity pole

2 June 2018 Email this article

A cherry picker was once again called in to save the day last month when it was commissioned to form part of the rescue mission to save a cat apparently stuck up an electricity pole carrying 11,000 volts. Electricity engineers from Western Power Distribution cut the power and brought in a cherry picker and RSPCA officials to try to rescue the black cat from the 40ft pole in Exton Lane, Burle ... more

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