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New Design guide to help solar panels shine wherever they are

1 December 2016 Email this article

A new guide and summary leaflet on solar design, published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) and BRE National Solar Centre shows how solar panels on buildings can look good whatever the structure or surrounding landscape. Among the various design principles, CPRE advocates the use of panels that match the size and shape of existing roof tiles. Other suggestions include install ... more

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55 Million litres of leftover paint

1 December 2016 Email this article

  MPs lent their ears to the arguments behind the British Coatings Federation’s (BCF) PaintCare programme last month, with a lively debate in parliament about how to create a circular economy for leftover decorative paint in the UK. The debate looked at what is needed to stimulate a market for remanufactured paint, including changing the specification for use of remanufactured paint i ... more

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Welsh artist gains cherry picker licence in order to complete giant mural

1 December 2016 Email this article

A huge winter mural depicting the journey people take to find “warmth, love and compassion” during the winter has gone up on display at the Wales Millennium Centre. And standing at eight metres wide and five metres tall the painting is so enormous that illustrator Florence Jackson had to get a cherry picker licence in order to complete the painting. Speaking to Wales Online ... more

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International Engineering Company in Court over workers death

1 December 2016 Email this article

An international engineering company has been sentenced following the death of a worker who fell 30 feet from an electricity pylon. Vincent John Richards, 49, from Walsall was installing fall arrest lines for painters to use on the pylon at Great Orton, Carlisle in July 2015 when the incident happened. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the incident and prosecuted Bilfinger I ... more

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Worker dies when temporary platform collapses

1 December 2016 Email this article

A worker died and two others were badly injured at a construction site in Putney, when a temporary platform collapsed. Southwark Crown Court heard how, in October 2012, a carpenter and a steel-fixer had been standing on a temporary wooden platform above a stairwell opening on the 9th floor of a construction site when the platform suddenly gave way beneath them. They fell around sixteen metres ... more

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Window fitter in court after worker suffered fatal head injuries

1 December 2016 Email this article

A Southampton window installation company has been fined after a worker suffered fatal head injuries following a fall from a ladder. Brighton Magistrates Court heard how Mark Taylor, 48, a window fitter from Southampton, was helping in the installation of UPVC windows at a 3 storey house in Brighton on the 10 September 2014. He was working from an unsecured ladder when it slipped sideways and ... more

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Facelift's hand carved oak owl fetches £360 for children's charity

1 December 2016 Email this article

Facelift has raised a whopping £360 for a local children’s charity with the sale of a stunning oak owl carved from one of the trees at its Hickstead depot. The owl was hand carved last month by Luke from local business Pixie Mushrooms Chainsaw Carver and all funds raised from the sale go to Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex, which cares for 300 life-limited childr ... more

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Rushden's Christmas lights

30 November 2016 Email this article

Rushden's Christmas count down kicked off on Saturday with the switching on of the town's Christmas lights. The lights and decorations were put up with an Ascendant 17m which was purchased from facelift. It followed a day of entertainment for all the family, including Santa arriving on his sleigh, reindeer, festive music and singing. Find out more about the Ascendant 17m here. ... more

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Festive tips for safely using ladders

30 November 2016 Email this article

 'Tis the season to be jolly! As many people are starting to put up their Christmas decorations it is important remind ourselves how to safely use ladders. Use the correct one for the job – Loft ladder, leaning ladder or stepladder. Check it’s safe – Are the treads firm, clean and in good condition? Lock it down – Before climbing make certain t ... more

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Lighting Up The UK's Tallest Christmas Tree

16 November 2016 Email this article

 Ardingly’s giant redwood tree has been adorned with 1,800 lights with a lantern on the top, made by local school children. The dressing of the tree marked the start of preparations for Wakehurst’s most popular event of the year, the Glow Wild lantern festival. The decorating of the 110ft (33m) tall Redwood began when the facelift Bront 61 & Bronto 50 truck mounts arrived at ... more

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