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Dock worker hurt in man basket fall

26 May 2016 Email this article

A Scottish plant hire company has been fined £26,000 after a worker was seriously injured falling from a man riding basket. Wick Sheriff Court heard how Hugh Simpson Ltd was contracted to unload Deugro Danmark ships once they had docked at Wick Harbour. Hugh Simpson provided its own equipment for unloading and was in overall charge of the lifting operations. It subcontracted JGC Engineering ... more

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Boom collision brings down bridge

26 May 2016 Email this article

A delivery truck carrying a boom lift struck a bridge in Oklahoma City at last week, causing a section of it to collapse.  The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon when a tractor trailer belonging to Sunbelt Rentals with a JLG articulated boom lift passed under the May Avenue Bridge which carries the Northwest Expressway. It seems that the boom caught the underside of the bridge and cause ... more

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New sails for Brixton Windmill

19 May 2016 Email this article

Brixton Windmill, celebrating 200 years and National Mills Weekend, got new sailcloths Saturday 14th May. They were designed and printed by local design company Eley Kishimoto, creative ambassador for Brixton Windmill’s bicentenary year and part of the Brixton Design Trail team. Millwright Paul Selwood used our Ascendant 22 truck mounted cherry picker to fix th ... more

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Olympic construction halted in Rio over health and safety fears

13 May 2016 Email this article

With less than three months to go until the start of the games, work on parts of Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Park and Olympic Village was halted on Monday amid fears for the safety of workers, Brazil's Ministry of Labour and Employment said. Officials who reviewed work on a television tower in the Olympic park and digging work at the Olympic village shut down operations at those and two other s ... more

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Forklift driver saved by health and safety

13 May 2016 Email this article

The forklift truck driver who escaped from the wreckage of the collapsed racking (Forklift driver survives eight-hour ordeal by cheese, theguardian.com, 6 May) probably owes his life to the safety cage of his truck, not to some divine intervention. Great news that he survived, and it makes a good story, but the real question is, what were the conditions that led to the collapse? Pallet rackin ... more

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Company fined after agency worker seriously injured

13 May 2016 Email this article

A Suffolk cargo handling company has been fined £100,000 after an employee suffered serious injury when a sheet of marble weighing one tonne fell on him.  Ipswich Crown Court heard how an employee of Extreme Handling Limited was working at GMA Warehousing and Transport Limited’s Felixstowe site. He was assisting a fork lift truck operator to move a one tonne sheet of marble from ... more

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Scaffold company fined for safety failings

13 May 2016 Email this article

A Scaffold company in Bridgend has been fined for safety failings following a routine inspection. Llanelli Magistrates’ Court heard how OW Scaffolding was working at Heol y Parc, Cefneithin when they had a routine inspection which highlighted several safety failings. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident which occurred on 30 September 2015 found that ... more

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IPAF warns against using banners on scissor lifts

12 May 2016 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has urged organisers and exhibitors not to attach banners to scissor lifts. It warned that banners could create a 'sail board' effect, which could destabilise the lift and cause it to turn over. IPAF said scissor lifts were a safe way to perform temporary work at height when used properly by trained personnel. However, it warned that they were n ... more

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Our 2016 Access Guide is here - Free download

Choosing access equipment just got that little bit easier with the launch of Facelift’s new access guide. The 92 - page brochure features all you need to know about the models that Facelift has for hire, and details of the wide variety of training courses available,  such as IPAF, PASMA and Ladder Training Courses. In order to ensure customers are getting exactly the right pieces of ... more

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CITB Fraud Investigator helps police prosecute construction con-woman

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has successfully secured a conviction against a woman accused of construction card fraud.   Karen Sharpe, a 51-year-old company director from Staffordshire, was arrested after it was discovered that she had bought 13 fake CSCS cards in a local pub and had used them to secure a cleaning contract on a construction site in Stafford. The fakes w ... more

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