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Construction firm in court after worker fractures spine in roof fall

2 October 2016 Email this article

Construction firm Montway Ltd has been fined £144,000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell off a roof during demolition work. Southwark Crown Court heard that in February 2013 two workers were working on the roof of a two storey detached house at 17 Basing Hill, Golders Green in London. Romanian labourer Mr. Ioan Vancea fell from the partly demolished roof and suffered serio ... more

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Two scaffolders receive suspended prison sentence following workers death

2 October 2016 Email this article

Two scaffolders from St Austell, Cornwall have received suspended prison sentences following a death of a worker who fell to his death while dismantling scaffolding. Roger Stoddern, 47, fell from a flat roof of a property in St Mawes in June 2013. He was taken to Derriford Hospital but died three weeks later due to the severity of his injuries. Truro Crown Court heard how Mr Stoddern was sta ... more

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Somerset manufacturer prosecuted for workers death

2 October 2016 Email this article

A company in Somerset has been fined after the death of a worker who fell through a factory roof skylight. Taunton Crown Court heard Samuel Wright Maxwell, 46, of Wells Somerset was employed by Cooper B Line (CBL) factory in Highbridge, Somerset. As a maintenance worker, Mr Maxwell had permission to go onto the roofs for various tasks and did so regularly without adequate and sufficient safety ... more

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Europlatform gives insights into new age rental and safety

2 October 2016 Email this article

More than 120 access rental professionals attended the 10th Europlatform conference held on 22 September 2016 in Vienna, Austria. With a theme of ‘New Generation Rental’, attendees explored the future of the powered access rental industry at the event organised by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) In his opening presentation on “Toolbox to shoebox”, Andy S ... more

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Facelift MD does 'Warrior' run to remember late friend

2 October 2016 Email this article

Paul Standing, Facelift’s managing director, has completed a ‘warrior’ run in honour of a friend who has recently committed suicide. Paul along with ten other of Martin Cadman’s relations and friends raised a whopping £3140.00 for the mental health charity Campaign against Living Miserably [CALM] and the YMCA, The Warrior Run, which took place on Sunday October 2nd ... more

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PASMA releases annual report

4 September 2016 Email this article

Trade body the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) has released its 2016 annual report. Focussing on how the trade body has overseen advancing standards and best practice and assisted in the delivery of the industry’s training scheme, the report celebrates the achievements of 2016 and the difference PASMA has made in providing advice, guidance ... more

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Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launches Helping Great Britain work well strategy

4 September 2016 Email this article

The HSE has launched its new strategy ‘Helping Great Britain Work Well’ and is urging leading industry figures and other key influences are being urged to have a say in shaping the future strategy for Great Britain’s health and safety system. The HSE has published six themes that the five-year strategy will cover, as it begins engaging the people and organisations it thinks can ... more

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AIF announces conference date

4 September 2016 Email this article

The Access Industry Forum (AIF), the forum for the leading trade associations and federations involved in work at height has announced details of its first national one-day conference. Supported by the Association for Project Safety (APS), Hire Association Europe (HAE) and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management (IIRSM) the conference, titled Implementing change and innovation i ... more

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HSE launches survey on inspection of plant and equipment

4 September 2016 Email this article

The HSE is reviewing the requirements in health and safety legislation for the inspection or thorough examination of work plant and equipment. In particular, it is looking at the following regulations to understand how they support proportionate approaches to work equipment inspection: •           Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Reg ... more

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BMF and NFRC announce strategic partnership

4 September 2016 Email this article

The Builders Merchants Federation (BMF) and the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) have agreed a strategic partnership that will enhance the support both organisations offer their members. Under the new partnership agreement the NFRC will provide essential technical information to BMF members who specialise in roofing materials. All NFRC contractor members are subject to ongoing i ... more

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