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Cherrypicker used in python rescue operation in Thailand

5 March 2017 Email this article

Working at height can be frightening enough for the uninitiated. So spare a thought for locals in Thailand who had to use a cherrypicker in order to embark on a two-hour rescue mission to try and untangle a 10ft python from a concrete pillar after it slithered up an electricity post. The serpent had climbed the pillar in order to stalk the birds perching on cables, however locals were ter ... more

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Stay safe with our IPAF - Safety harness user & inspection training courses

5 March 2017 Email this article

Safety harness user and inspection training courses - book now MEWPs are one of the most useful access solutions on the market, and if used correctly with the correct PPE, one of the safest. For this reason HSE legislation requires MEWP-users to wear a full body harness with a short lanyard. Our half-day theory course enables delegates to identify and select the correct type of harness, b ... more

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Download our FREE - MEWPs Operators Safety Guide

5 March 2017 Email this article

Dowload or order your pocket sized safety guide to Mobile Elevating Work Platforms.  Facelift have been a long time champion of safety while working at height and this project was spurred on by the need for a high quality guide that was easily accessible and more attractive to users. The guides will be given away to all trainees on IPAF training courses and to all Self Dri ... more

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PASMA launches the PASMA Safety at Height Advisory Panel

5 March 2017 Email this article

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Organisation (PASMA) has launched a Safety at Height Advisory Panel – a new initiative designed to promote height safety and the safe use of mobile access towers. The panel is intended to make the specialist knowledge, operational guidance and resources of the association available across different regions of the world, starting wi ... more

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International Awards for Powered Access 2017 shortlist revealed

5 March 2017 Email this article

The shortlist for this year’s International Awards for Powered Access (IAPAs) has been revealed, following a meeting of the judges’ meeting on 7 February in Amsterdam, Netherlands. This year’s awards ceremony and gala dinner will be hosted at the Hilton London Wembley Hotel on 4 April 2017. Jointly organised by Access International and IPAF, the IAPAs celebrate gl ... more

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Access Photo of the Year Competition

5 March 2017 Email this article

  Time is running out to enter the IAPA’s Access Photo of the Year competition, sponsored by Facelift. With a €1000 prize up for grabs, the judges are looking for  a thought-provoking photo that showcases life as a powered access professional and demonstrates the safe use of access equipment. It will need to show best practice, so all relevant safety procedures must be demo ... more

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London based firm fined after workers death

5 March 2017 Email this article

  Bus company Go Ahead London has been sentenced after worker was killed when he fell from a ladder. Southwark Crown Court heard that in May 2011 the worker was using a ladder to access the top of a fuel tank when he fell two and a half meters backwards, suffering fatal head injuries. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the company did not implement an ... more

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London construction firm fined after workers injured

5 March 2017 Email this article

  Leyland SDM (LSDM) Limited has been fined after four workers fell more than three and a half metres whilst carrying a ventilation unit. Westminster Magistrates Court heard how LSDM had been in the process of redeveloping a warehouse in Wembley when four workers tried to move a ventilation unit into position. Unfortunately, the working platform became overloaded and gave way. Neither th ... more

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Employer prosecuted after employee falls from roof

5 March 2017 Email this article

  A self-employed businessman has been prosecuted after his employee fell from the flat roof of a building and died from his injuries. Manchester Crown Court heard how, in  December 2013, father of two, Jason Fogarty, a casual employee of Roy Hardaker (trading as 9 to 5 Roofing), was working on a flat roof replacement project, working alongside Hardaker. The roof replacement was ... more

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IPAF publishes safety tips for using MEWPs in tree care

1 February 2017 Email this article

IPAF has published safety tips for the use of MEWPs in tree cutting to ensure that operators work safely at height. Statistics from IPAF's accident reporting project show that approximately one in five of all MEWP-related fatalities involve tree care workers. Yet MEWPs are one of the safest means for temporary work at height, provided that a risk assessment is done, managers and operators are pro ... more

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