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Inspection and maintenance 'key to avoiding fatalities', says IPAF

28 January 2017 Email this article

  Fatalities when working with Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) can be prevented with rigorous inspection and maintenance regimes, according to IPAF. This comes after a rental company manager was jailed for two years over safety failings that led to the death of one construction worker and seriously injured another. Donald Craig, 57, of Hamilton-based Craig Services & Access Lim ... more

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Focus on: IPAF Courses

28 January 2017 Email this article

Facelift is an IPAF Senior Instructor Training Centre and provide IPAF Operator training courses for all types of powered access platforms including Scissor Lift training, Cherry Picker training, Static and Mobile booms, Static and Vertical platforms, and Specialist Internal and Narrow Access Platforms. IPAF courses available from Facelift include: IPAF PAL+ advanced operator training cours ... more

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Three construction companies fined after worker fall

28 January 2017 Email this article

Three companies from Essex have been fined after a worker fell over seven meters through a fragile roof he was replacing. Chelmsford Crown Court heard how Rafal Myslim was standing on the fragile roof at Dengie Crops Ltd in Asheldem, when the asbestos sheeting gave way and he fell 7.5m onto a concrete floor, hitting a number of pipes within the building on the way down. There was no safety n ... more

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Warburtons fined £2million after worker fall

28 January 2017 Email this article

  National bread makers Warburtons has been fined £2million after a worker was hospitalised following a fall. On 11 November 2013 Andrew Sears was cleaning one of the mixing machines at their Wednesbury bakery, a routine job he carried out every few weeks, when he lost his footing and fell nearly two meters. The father-of-one, who had worked at the factory since 2007, was hospitalise ... more

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Rochdale roofing contractor fined over fall from height risk

28 January 2017 Email this article

A roofing contractor has been fined after putting the lives of two employees at risk whilst working at height without protection against falls. The employees of MW Roofing (NW) Ltd where removing a chimney on a two storey house, at the site on Bertha Road, Rochdale, when they were seen accessing the roof via a cat ladder, while waste material was being removed by buckets carried down the ladde ... more

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Safety by Leadership' - 2017 IPAF summit

28 January 2017 Email this article

Access and safety experts from the US, China and the UK will be among the speakers at the 2017 International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) Summit, which is being held on 4 April in London. The theme of this year’s IPAF Summit is “Safety by Leadership”, and confirmed speakers for the IPAF Summit to date include: John Garrison Jr, President & CEO of Terex Corporation ... more

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Nearly half of all small construction sites fail HSE guides

2 January 2017 Email this article

Nearly half of all small construction sites it inspected in 2016 fell below standards in health and safety, worse than in last year’s initiative. Notes published ahead of the HSE board meeting show that inspectors visited a total of 1840 sites and inspected 2235 contractors. Out of these, 49 per cent of sites fell below standards required to comply with health and safety requirements. ... more

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Facelift helps emergency services hit the high notes to fight cancer

2 January 2017 Email this article

Facelift kit was brought in to assist in the filming of a very special music video earlier this month. This came after 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 Investiga ... more

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CPA - Ensuring safe site ground conditions

2 January 2017 Email this article

Build UK members, the British Constructional Steelwork Association (BCSA) and the Structural Timber Association (STA) have joined together with the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) and National Federation of Builders (NFB) to promote the need for safe ground conditions on construction sites over the winter period. Inclement winter weather conditions in the UK can have a detrimental effect ... more

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How are you? - A helpful guide to taking better care of ourselves...

2 January 2017 Email this article

Eight out of 10 of the middle aged either weigh too much, drink too much or don’t exercise enough, as new analysis from Public Health England (PHE) out today (28 December 2016) shows modern life taking its toll on health. How are you? Quizz PHE’s One You campaign is reaching out to the 83% of 40 to 60 year olds (87% of men and 79% of women) who are either overweight or obese, exceed t ... more

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