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Facelift Flashback: A Nelson's eye view over London

29 September 2017 Email this article

The figure of Horatio Nelson in Trafalgar Square one of the most famous landmarks in London, but hardly anyone has ever seen things from his perspective, 52 metres above ground. However, this time five years ago, photographer Mark Mercer managed to capture a Nelson’s Eye view of London using a Facelift machine. View the panoramic photo here ... more

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Roofing contractor given suspended prison sentence

29 September 2017 Email this article

A roofing contractor has been sentenced today for safety breaches after workers were left at risk of falling from unprotected roof edges. The failures of C Smith Roofing were discovered by health and safety staff who could see unsafe scaffolding from their office window. Leeds Crown Court heard that in November 2015 Mr Smith was contracted to carry out some roof repairs to a Guest House roof i ... more

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Bakery fined after the death of contractor

29 September 2017 Email this article

A Hull based bakery has been fined today following the death of self-employed electrical contractor who died following a fall from height. Hull Crown Court heard how the worker was contracted to complete electrical work at Greencore Grocery Ltd site in Hull. In October 2013, the worker was wiring a motor situated above a machine whilst standing on a stepladder. The company agreed this work activ ... more

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Unlicensed asbestos removal...

29 September 2017 Email this article

 A waste removal contractor from Bridgend has been sentenced after undertaking asbestos removal work at two locations without being licensed to do so. Swansea Magistrates’ Court heard how, on two occasions 1 September and 7 November 2016 Mark John Gibson, who advertised as an asbestos removal service, was contracted to remove asbestos containing materials from properties in Pont Y Clun ... more

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All change for ladder standards

4 September 2017 Email this article

The Ladder Association, the not-for-profit industry body dedicated to height safety, has published an 8-page guide explaining what it describes as the most important changes to portable ladder standards since BS EN 131 - the single British and European product standard - was first introduced. A free guide from the Association highlights the key changes for specifiers, users and health and safety ... more

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MEWP fatalities decline as global rental market grows, says IPAF

4 September 2017 Email this article

The fatal injury rate (FIR) for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) declined in 2016, despite the fact that the total MEWP rental fleet and the number of rental days worldwide increased significantly over the same period. The data, collated and interpreted by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), indicate that in 2016 there were 66 reported fatalities involving MEWPs worldwide, ... more

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Training courses donate to MacMillan Cancer Support

4 September 2017 Email this article

At Facelift we're fans of the great work carried out by MacMillan, supporting people fighting cancer and their families. For any IPAF, PASMA or Ladder training course booked between 25th - 29th September, £10 of your booking will go to MacMillan Cancer Support. Call the Training team on 0800 072 55 72 to book your course or click here to contact them. ... more

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New Plant Safety Group Guidance on Reducing Unintended Movement of Plant

4 September 2017 Email this article

The Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group (SFPSG) has released a new publication on plant safety entitled ‘Reducing Unintended Movement of Plant - Managing Exposure to Consequential Risks.' Unintended movement of plant machinery occurs when inadvertent operation of a control such as a switch, lever or pedal occurs, causing unintended machine movement which can potentially cause serious injurie ... more

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CITB revolutionises plant operator training with revolutionary technology

4 September 2017 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has made a major investment into revolutionary technology to help train the next generation of plant operators. The £1.2m funding has seen 16 state of the art plant simulators move into CITB's National Construction College in Bircham Newton, Norfolk. The state-of-the-art facility is the first of its kind in the UK. These simulators will be us ... more

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End of the line for CRO Cards

4 September 2017 Email this article

The Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) is reminding the industry that time is almost up for 85,000 Construction Related Occupation (CRO) cards. CSCS withdrew the CRO card at the end of March this year and all CRO cards issued since October 2015 expire on 30 September 2017. CSCS first announced the CRO card withdrawal back in 2015 and card holders should now be developing plans to re ... more

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