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Construction begins of world's first commercial droneport

17 December 2015 Email this article

Construction is now under way of what is claimed to be the world's first commercial airport for use exclusively by drones. The Aerodrome is working with the city of Boulder City to build the droneport and teaching facility in the city in the US state of Nevada. The developer said that, unlike other similar planned projects for unmanned aerial systems (UAS), its Eldorado Droneport has already bro ... more

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Union says new Thames bridge is waste of money

17 December 2015 Email this article

The GMB union says that Transport for London should abandon its plans for a new footbridge across the Thames to link Pimlico and Nine Elms. It says the crossing is only being built to satisfy property developers in the Nine Elms district and there are much greater priorities for public money, including new crossings in east London. Transport for London (TfL) is planning to build a new Thames cro ... more

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Skip firm owner disqualified for aiding revoked operator

17 December 2015 Email this article

A man who ran a skip operation illegally on behalf of a company whose licence had been revoked has now been banned himself. Thomas Ryan, the director of Greenford-based Euro Skips Ltd, allowed his licence to be used by Liam Moloney Plant Hire Ltd after it had its own licence revoked in September. Nick Denton, traffic commissioner for London and southeast England, said that Thomas Ryan was effe ... more

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Debris sacks lobbed from the fifth floor

17 December 2015 Email this article

Construction workers who lobbed sacks of rubble out of a fifth floor window landed their firm in the dock. Coalville-based JA Ball Ltd was contracted to refurbish former offices into flats at Allied Place, 44 Abbey Street, Leicester. When workers were spotted chucking big bags of debris out of the window – by officers in the police station across the road – the Health & Safety Ex ... more

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Driver killed by badly strapped load

17 December 2015 Email this article

Driver killed by badly strapped load A construction delivery driver was killed when a concrete panel fell from his lorry onto him. Three companies have been prosecuted for safety failings that contributed to the incident and together must now pay out close to £500,000 in fines and costs. Derby Crown Court heard last week how on 11th January 2011 Mr Travis Hale, 45, was employed as a drive ... more

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Platform becomes crane

11 December 2015 Email this article

Spotted in Northern Ireland, an electrical contractor using a self-propelled boom lift as a crane to install a golf ball light on the sea front. While this is not the correct use of a work platform, an increasing number of platforms do offer a hook attachment option, and to be fair there are no men in the platform of the UpRight AB46 which is doing service as a crane, and the load is almost cer ... more

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Friday shocker

11 December 2015 Email this article

A picture currently appearing on Facebook is quite incredulous, it shows a Niftylift HR12 on the forks of a loader shovel. The compact boom lift is fully extended to reach a high outdoor light probably of around 18 to 20 metres.  But even with the loader shovel's boost, the man looks as though he could use another half metre. Perhaps he will stand on the guardrails next? We are not sure whe ... more

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Company fined after scaffolding blown over during dismantling

11 December 2015 Email this article

A scaffolding company was fined after scaffolding hit a bus and pedestrians when it blew over during dismantling Leicester Magistrates’ Court heard how on 28 January 2015 Emperor Scaffolding Limited of Leicester was dismantling scaffolding on Charles Street when the incident occurred. The scaffolding hit a bus, landed on a parked van and hit two members of the public. An investigation by ... more

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Dutch build world's first 3D-printed bridge

3 December 2015 Email this article

The world’s first 3D-printed bridge is being made in the Netherlands using steel from ArcelorMittal. Various steel wire rods from ArcelorMittal will be tested as the raw material for creating the footbridge across the Oudezijds Achterburgwal canal in Amsterdam. The company has signed a two-year partnership agreement Dutch company MX3D – a pioneer in large-scale 3D printing – an ... more

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BBC covers us putting up the light on the UK's tallest Christmas tree

29 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 tangl ... more

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