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Builder prosecuted for worker's fall

2 January 2017 Email this article

A builder from Surrey has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after a worker fell 3.2 m through an opening in a roof onto a concrete floor. He survived the fall but was left with broken ribs, swelling to his brain and nerve damage. An investigation found that he was part of the team building an extension to a house. They had been working on the roof, adjacent to an opening created ... more

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Volvo sentenced for worker fall from truck

2 January 2017 Email this article

  The national truck, bus and plant division of Volvo has been fined £900,000 after one of their workers fell and suffered head injuries. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how a worker was servicing a large delivery truck and repairing the driver’s access rope for the cab when he fell, striking his head and losing consciousness. He was placed in a medically induced c ... more

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Supervisor fined for exposing workers to asbestos fibres

2 January 2017 Email this article

An asbestos removal supervisor has been sentenced after admitting exposing numerous workers to deadly asbestos fibres during licensed asbestos removal works. Manchester Magistrates Court heard that a concern was received by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) claiming that Alan Burdett was allowing people into the sealed asbestos enclosure, which is designed to keep dangerous fibres from escapi ... more

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Fined - Worker fails in his own duty to protect himself

2 January 2017 Email this article

An employee of a steel erection firm has been sentenced at Manchester Magistrates Court after admitted working unsafely at height on a hotel development in central Manchester. Manchester Magistrates Court heard on the 21 January 2015 a member of public contacted HSE claiming that a man had been seen balancing on scaffold tubes in the rain while working on the roof of the multi-storey hotel. HSE I ... more

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Charity Music Video

8 December 2016 Email this article

Warwickshire police officers and other members of the emergency services put on their dancing shoes to record a music video in aid of Alex Goodwin, the son of a Warwickshire Police officer who has a rare form of cancer. To help raise money for Alex, Warwickshire Police Investigator Dave Jones, alongside his son, has written and recorded a single ‘Horizon on my mind’.  To support ... more

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Construction card fraudster jailed following CITB investigation

1 December 2016 Email this article

A Luton man has been jailed for 18 months and recommended for deportation for illegally working in the UK and falsely obtaining construction skills certification cards, following a Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) investigation. 34-year-old Indian national, Manjit Multani, paid someone to sit the health and safety tests required to obtain the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (C ... more

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Facelift helps to decorate the UK's tallest Christmas

1 December 2016 Email this article

Normally reaching the top of the Christmas tree just means grabbing a ladder or balancing on a dining room chair. Not so with the giant Christmas tree gracing Wakehurst Place in West Sussex this year. Standing at an impressive 118ft tall, the National Trust property’s redwood is the UK’s largest Christmas tree, so who better to call in to assist with the tricky job of reaching the top ... more

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Merry Christmas from Facelift, with £20 off any course booked for December

1 December 2016 Email this article

Working at ho-ho-height in 2017 can be even safer in 2017 if you take advantage of this great festive offer from Facelift. Book any IPAF, Ladder or PASMA training course to take place in December 2016 and get £20 off by quoting FACEXMAS16 when booking.  To book, call our training team on 0800 072 55 72 ... more

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Considerate Constructors Scheme and National Federation of Builders announce partnership

1 December 2016 Email this article

The Considerate Constructors and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) have formed a partnership to promote best practice and raise standards across construction industry SMEs. The partnership will provide NFB members, with a turnover banding of £500,000 to £3.5 million, free Company Registration with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. It will come in to effect from 1 Januar ... more

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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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