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Major new housebuilding skills partnership launches

2 April 2016 Email this article

A £2.7 million initiative announced by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Home Builders Federation (HBF) is set to train 45,000 new homebuilding workers by 2019 to help tackle the nation’s housing shortage.   The first of initiative of this kind, the Home Building Skills Partnership will bring together firms of all sizes to ensure that the industry has the skill ... more

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Solar panel firm in court after roof fall

2 April 2016 Email this article

A solar panel firm has been £153,000 after a worker was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof light at a private home in Kent. The worker fractured his shin and a vertebra in the incident in Hawkinge in April 2013. The roof light the 32-year-old man crashed through was on an outbuilding housing a swimming pool. Although the water partially cushioned his fall, he made a heavy i ... more

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Gas engineer prosecuted after unsafe asbestos removal

2 April 2016 Email this article

A gas engineer from Barnstable has been prosecuted after he removed potentially dangerous asbestos material during a gas boiler replacement putting himself and others at risk from exposure to asbestos fibres. Mr Hockin was removing an old warm air heating system at a residential property in Wrafton when he disturbed a quantity of asbestos insulation board that surrounded the warm air boiler. The ... more

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Helping Great Britain work well strategy - HSE Publication

2 April 2016 Email this article

“If we can all come together to help achieve these things, maintain the gains made in safety, and seize the opportunity to give health the same priority, it will help improve productivity, keep business costs down, help keep workers safe and well, and protect members of the public.” HSE will look to act increasingly as an enabler, supporting businesses, particularly small and medium e ... more

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Company fined following roof fall

2 April 2016 Email this article

A Cornish clean energy company has been fined after a worker fell through a fragile roof. Bodmin Magistrates’ Court heard how a senior roofer working for Clean Earth Energy Limited was installing solar panels at  a garden centre in Launceston. While traversing the roof, the cement fibre sheeting he was walking on gave way and he fell approximately fifteen feet. He suffered multiple inj ... more

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Claim your FREE Harness & site safety kit!

11 March 2016 Email this article

Hire from us and you will receive a FREE harness with safety gear: 1x Zero Z-10 Harness with lanyard 1x Safety gloves 1x Facelift Hi-Vis vest Total Value:     £69.99 + VAT The Z-10 fall arrest harness is manufactured to European standard EN361, that is easy to fit and comfortable to wear whilst allowing excellent comfort & manoeuvrability. Rear D only Fully adj ... more

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Boom lift jump goes wrong

11 March 2016 Email this article

A former Australian rugby league player Bryan Fletcher broke his ribs and punctured his lung, when a television stunt involving a jump from a self-propelled boom lift went wrong yesterday. Fletcher and fellow rugby player Nathan Hindmarsh were carrying out the ‘Blob’ stunt at Darling Harbour for the Matty Johns Show, to promote the Nitro Circus.  The idea is that the two jum ... more

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Goat rescued from cliff by cherry picker

3 March 2016 Email this article

This is the dramatic moment fire crews were forced to use a cherry picker to rescue a goat from the side of a gorge in Somerset. The nervous animal scrambled down the steep cliff face at Cheddar Gorge, but seemingly forgot how to get back up. Emergency services and the RSPCA were brought in to help the frightened goat, which was carried on to the aerial platform, at around 10.30am on Monday. Pe ... more

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Firefighters deploy cherry picker and close Cornmarket Street, Oxford...to rescue a bird

3 March 2016 Email this article

A trapped bird sparked an emergency rescue mission in Oxford city last week. Firefighters cordoned off part of Cornmarket Street near Moss Bros and HSBC at the junction with Queen Street at about 5.50pm. A cherry picker was brought in and the cordon was set up surrounding it. A man with a cage was raised up to rescue the bird - a crow - that had become trapped. Th ... more

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Supermarket scissor thief

3 March 2016 Email this article

Two thieves were stranded in the early hours of the morning after they stole a scissor lift from a supermarket construction site in Birmingham, UK. The two men had apparently stolen the lift from a local supermarket and driven it down some distance, before they took it up to full height and then either ran out of fuel or battery charge, stranding them in freezing temperatures. Unable to get th ... more

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