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IPAF publishes safety tips for using MEWPs in tree care

30 July 2016 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 a ... more

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ASFP and FIS launch fire performance labelling scheme

30 July 2016 Email this article

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) and the Finishes and Interior Sector (FIS), have launched a labelling initiative which aims to improve fire safety by identifying fire performance partitions and highlighting the risks of cutting holes in them for services. Through the use of an affixed label, the Fire Performance Partition Labelling Scheme has been developed to encourage best ... more

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Construction Industry Joint Council confirms increased pay rates

30 July 2016 Email this article

Construction employers and unions have reached agreement on an improved two year pay and conditions deal for workers covered by the Construction Industry Joint Council (CIJC) Working Rule Agreement. The first 2.5% increase on basic rates of pay was introduced from Monday 25 July 2016, with a further increase of 2.75% to be introduced from Monday 26 June 2017. The hourly rates cover general ope ... more

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Annual workplace fatality statistics published - HSE

30 July 2016 Email this article

The long term trend has seen the rate of fatalities more than halve over the last 20 years. However, provisional figures indicate that 144 people were killed while at work in 2015/2016 – up from 142 in 2014/5. Provisional annual data for work-related fatal accidents in Great Britain’s workplaces has been released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) The Health and Safety Execut ... more

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Motor Manufacturer Fined over Asbestos Contamination

30 July 2016 Email this article

A motor manufacturer has been fined after discovery of asbestos boarding panels contaminated a site. General Motors UK Ltd was prosecuted by the HSE after work being undertaken at its North Road, Ellesmere Port site in 2014 exposed contractors to risks associated with asbestos. An investigation by the HSE found that during work to replace high pressure hot water boilers with gas burners in the c ... more

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Timber company fined for safety failings

30 July 2016 Email this article

A Timber company based in Somerset has been sentenced for safety failings relating to a construction project. Oxford Magistrates’ Court heard how The Timber Frame Company (TFC) was contracted to work at Tracey Farm, a country retreat. The HSE served a Prohibition Notice on the company prohibiting work at height approximately three metres above the ground without adequate precautions. An in ... more

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Worker killed after fall through roof

30 July 2016 Email this article

Two companies based in Northamptonshire have been fined after a worker died following a fall through a roof. Northampton Crown Court heard how an employee of A-Lift Crane Hire Limited, who had been hired by Premier Roofing Systems Limited to provide them with a crane to lift roofing sheets onto a factory roof at Virani Foods Limited in Wellingborough. Whilst the sheets were being lifted onto the ... more

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Facelift at Brighton's Big Screen

12 July 2016 Email this article

Brighton Big Screen were looking for a way to enhance the experience from 2015 and came to facelift, who developed a solution to feature a 360 degree panoramic camera. This was then used to film the event, footage of which was used by ITV and the BBC.   Brighton’s Big Screen event held over the last month has been bigger and better than ever before, showing live football coverage fro ... more

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Think you have what it takes to become an instructor?

2 July 2016 Email this article

Due to increased demand for IPAF instructors, Facelift is currently on a recruitment drive. In order to be eligible to train as an IPAF instructor, you will need: At least 36 months of MEWP operating experience An IPAF Operator PAL card An IPAF Demonstrator PAL card To have completed the IPAF MEWPs for Managers course To be passionate and enthusiastic about sharing your safety knowledge with ... more

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NPORS reassures cardholders on construction industry recognition

2 July 2016 Email this article

NPORS, the National Plant Operators registration Scheme has reassured its cardholders that they will still be able to work on major construction sites next year.   In September 2014 UKCG agreed to recognise NPORS as an ‘accepted record scheme’. Previously it only recognised Construction Plant Competency Scheme (CPCS) cards, which are part of CSCS. NPORS released a statement whi ... more

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