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IPAF West London UK Regional Meeting

27 November 2015 Email this article

IPAF is holding one of its UK regional meetings next Wednesday the 2nd of December evening in Old Windsor. The meeting kicks off at 18:30 at the Beaumont Estate Hotel, Burfield Road, Old Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 2JJ with Brian Parker, a group business development manager (technical support), who will discuss the latest initiatives from IPAF’s UK Country Council on issues with ground conditio ... more

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Spider Jockey

27 November 2015 Email this article

Spotted by a reader in Australia a rental company taking a narrow spider lift through a gateway in a very cavalier way.  While the job is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with this type of spider lift, the way in which the operator carries it out is fraught with danger. Oblivious to this he was proud enough to post it online. “It would appear the operator is 'riding' the ... more

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New scaffolding guides published

26 November 2015 Email this article

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has published seven revised and updated technical guidance (TG) and safety guidance (SG) documents. These revisions have come as part of the NASC’s commitment to refresh guidance on a five-year cycle. The four updated technical guidance notes are comprised of short 1-2 page update sheets; the three safety guidance notes are longer, ... more

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Soft ground overturn

26 November 2015 Email this article

A Rough Terrain crane overturned in a refinery owned and operated by Suncor in Commerce City, Colorodo on Saturday.  The crane, a Grove RT770E was helping carry out routine maintenance on Saturday morning, with full boom extended working - on what looks like recently graded/excavated ground - when at least one of the outriggers sunk into the ground causing the crane to overturn.  The ... more

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Pallets by the dozen

26 November 2015 Email this article

We have no details of where and when it was taken, but the man has used a loading shovel, with a dozen ropy looking pallets on the loader’s fork attachment. As a safety precaution he has strapped them all together, not the best form of powered access! There is no driver in the machine cab – which might be a blessing given that the loader is standing on a newly cast raised drive. T ... more

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Watch out for stolen scissors

20 November 2015 Email this article

Two 19ft Genie GS1932 scissor lifts were stolen last night from a rental depot in Doncaster, UK, they are – Serial Numbers GS3006B-81806 and GS1303C-128072. The units are painted in original Genie grey and blue, with yellow Peter Hird decals, along with the telephone numbers 01302 341659 & 01482 227333 They were stolen between 21:00 and midnight If you come across them, see them o ... more

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Facelift working with local contractor

20 November 2015 Email this article

Spice Contracting Ltd required the help of our Haulotte HA16 and Skyjack 46AJ down at Paxton House, High Tec Office Building. Their client wanted to change the colour of their building in Brighton from Yellow to dark grey. The windows were electro sprayed by a sub-contractor and we helped hand paint the cladding and panels using specialist paints. All their work was carried out using telescopic bo ... more

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Facelift at Wakehurst Place decorating 'UK's tallest' Christmas tree

20 November 2015 Email this article

Two electricians spent a day replacing all 1,800 light bulbs before Facelift arrived with their impressive Bronto 61 and Bronto 52 truck mounts to put the lights on the tree at Ardingly. Ten people were needed to decorate the tree, outside the Elizabethan mansion at Wakehurst Place. Conservation manager Ian Parkinson told BBC South East Today there was "no secret" to avoiding tangles. He ... more

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Fatal tower crane collapse in Vietnam

20 November 2015 Email this article

A tower crane collapsed into a busy street in Hai Phong, Vietnam, yesterday killing a man driving past the site on a motor bike.  Le Quang Bay, 49, died instantly, while two female pedestrians - one in her 40s and one in her 60s were injured. The crane operator, Vo Ngoc Long, 42, was also seriously injured. The crane is operated by Bach Dang 5 Construction Company which is building a new ... more

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Crane finds lost septic tank

20 November 2015 Email this article

A crane helping remove trees from a back yard in Merrimack, New Hampshire yesterday overturned onto the house when one of its outriggers punched through the driveway into a septic tank that now realised was there. The crane was removing the last of 20 trees when it went over The owners of the house had contracted Healey Tree Works to remove 20 trees, and the team were just lifting out the ... more

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