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Facelift Flashback: Photography from Facelift's birds' eye view makes it into Trafalgar Square Café

2 June 2018 Email this article

Facelift is regularly called upon to use its expertise in high-profile locations and this time five years ago, we were asked to assist with inspection and maintenance of the iconic Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square. On that occasion, we were also accompanied by photographer Mark Mercer, who came along to take birds’ eye view shots of the capital from the Bronto 61 we used. When the ... more

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Industry must take it upon itself to stop using combustible cladding, says Construction Industry Council

2 June 2018 Email this article

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has said that the industry should take it upon itself to stop using combustible materials in high rise cladding systems, regardless of any government bans, reports the Construction Index The Construction Industry Council (CIC), which is the forum for construction’s professional institutions, met after publication of the Hackitt review of buildi ... more

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More “death-wishers” from trade magazine Vertikal

2 June 2018 Email this article

In yet another addition to its shocking “death wish” series, Vertikal has published these photos, taken of work taking place in Sandy Row, Belfast, showing two men working at a height of around seven or eight metres with three long ladders and a bridge deck. The magazine’s writers pointed out: “While it might not look like it, the men are in fact working on the front of th ... more

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Contractors fined for carrying out unsafe asbestos removal work without a licence

2 June 2018 Email this article

Two contractors were sentenced last month after removing asbestos pipe lagging without taking the necessary precautions to reduce exposure to asbestos. Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard how the two contractors were carrying out refurbishment work at a residential property in Hamsterley, County Durham. Having removed the ceiling in back room on the first floor of the property, the co ... more

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Company fined after a scaffolder was injured in fall from height

2 June 2018 Email this article

A scaffolding company found itself sentenced for safety breaches last month after a worker fell approximately four metres while working on a fragile surface. Hull Crown Court heard how in May 2013 Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd were carrying out the erection of scaffolding on a barn at Lockington Grange Farm Driffield. The injured worker fell four metres through a fragile roof light on an ... more

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Farming company fined after worker injured in fall from height

2 June 2018 Email this article

A Somerset farming company has been fined after a worker fell 3 metres from a silage clamp onto a concrete floor, sustaining life changing injuries. Yeovil Magistrates’ Court heard how Ian Stewart, a contract herdsman for Evercreech Park Farms Ltd, fractured two vertebrae in his neck and back, suffered nerve damage and was in intensive care for four days when he fell from an adjacent ... more

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Commonwealth Flags

A Facelift Niftylift HR17 has been used along The Mall in London to put up flags in time for the Commonwealth. “Upon providing the prestigious service delivery of flag flying on The Mall for important ceremonial events, it’s key that the right access equipment is used to provides us with the functionality to achieve and complete the task in hand. The Nifty HR17 has proven to meet and ... more

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IPAF identifies four top causes of accidents, and how to prevent them

29 April 2018 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has identified four key causes of accidents when working at height using Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) and how to prevent them. The four key areas identified were: -       Risky behaviour such as overreaching or leaning out of the platform, climbing on guardrails, tying gates open or overriding ... more

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Government launch new measures to help smaller businesses win government contracts

29 April 2018 Email this article

The government has announced proposals to help smaller businesses bid to win government contracts. Suppliers will have to advertise subcontracting opportunities via the Contracts Finder website, and provide government with data showing how businesses in their supply chain are benefitting from supplying to central government. Proposals also include excluding suppliers from major government ... more

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Material prices continue to rocket as builders wait more than a year for bricks

29 April 2018 Email this article

More than half of small building firms say that rising material prices are squeezing their margins and the same percentage have had to pass these price increases onto consumers, according to the latest research by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). Small and medium-sized (SME) building firms were asked which materials are in shortest supply and have the longest wait times and found that fir ... more

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