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It's time to ensure action on retentions, say trade federations

1 March 2018 Email this article

The National Federation of Builders (NFB) and other trade federations with members most likely to be affected by the collapse of Carillion are continuing to push for action on retentions. Retentions have been used in the sector for more than 100 years and were introduced to provide security against defective work or the insolvency of construction firms. They work by the employing party in ... more

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Facelift Flashback: The best cherrypicker in the world

1 March 2018 Email this article

This time last year, one of our cherrypickers was receiving an awful lot of attention on social media and the general consensus was that it was a very impressive machine. A time-lapsed video of the Bronto S50XDT-J being used to help the Facelift team access to every part of the Grade II listed St. Hugh's Charterhouse Monastery in Parkminster in order to complete essential maintenance work p ... more

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Company fined after worker falls through fragile roof

1 March 2018 Email this article

A construction firm based in Warrington has been prosecuted after a worker was seriously injured when he fell through the fragile roof of a farm building that was due to be demolished. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how in February 2016 an inexperienced labourer working for Fine Dimensions Limited was asked to assist in minor roof work. He stood on a fragile skylight panel and fell t ... more

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Fines for businesses after failing to prevent exposure to asbestos.

1 March 2018 Email this article

  A manufacturing company and contractor have been prosecuted after failing to prevent exposure of workers and others to asbestos whilst cleaning an asbestos cement roof. Carter Brothers (Rochdale) Ltd contracted Frank Allan, trading as ‘Jet Blast and Maintenance,’ to clean its premises including the asbestos cement roof in September 2016. An HSE investigation found that the ... more

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Fine for scaffolding company after clip hits pedestrian

1 March 2018 Email this article

A scaffolding company was fined £160,000 after pleading guilty to safety breaches that led to a scaffold clip falling approximately 20m (60 ft.) and hitting a member of the public walking below. Westminster Magistrates Court heard that, on 20 March 2017, the injured person was walking along Upper Street in Islington, London when he was hit on the head by the clip. He sustained numerous cut ... more

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Facelift - Gives you wings...

5 February 2018 Email this article

Artist Cosmo Sarson kicks off 2018 quite literally to a flying start, with his unveiling of  ‘Angel of Brighton’.  This new mural scales the side of a three story building in Regent Street in The North Laine area of Brighton and was completed on Saturday January 6th. Famous for his ‘Breakdancing Jesus’ mural opposite Banksy’s ‘Mild Mild West’ i ... more

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Scaffolder could face jail after being photographed 60ft up wearing a harness that wasn't attached to anything

5 February 2018 Email this article

The Daily Mail reports that a Manchester scaffolder risks being sent to jail after he was photographed working 60 feet up the side of a building wearing a harness that wasn't hooked to anything Terrance Murray, 27, was erecting scaffolding at the side of a six storey building when he was unknowingly snapped by a retired health and safety inspector. The healt ... more

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Last chance to enter our Access photo of the year competition 2018 - €1000 Prize to be won

5 February 2018 Email this article

  Facelift has teamed up with Access International magazine and are once again running the Access Photograph of the Year competition. This is open to all Non-professional photographers worldwide, who are invited to compete for a €1,000 prize. We are looking for a thought provoking photo that demonstrates the safe use of powered access machines. To be considered, entries will need to s ... more

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New All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height

5 February 2018 Email this article

  A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Working at Height has launched its first official inquiry into the number of serious injuries and fatalities resulting from falls from height and falling objects in the UK workplace. Sponsored by the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers Association (PASMA) and chaired by Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss, the inquiry ... more

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Facelift Flashback: January 2012

5 February 2018 Email this article

Back in January 2012, as the country geared up for the Olympics, Facelift was called in to install a lighting system on London’s world famous Tower Bridge in time for the big event. Using two 46-metre Brontos and two 22-metre Ascendants, our team got the system installed in record time. View the video of the installation on the iconic attraction here. ... more

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