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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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Hot off the production line – Seventy seven brand New Niftylifts join our fleet

29 November 2015 Email this article

We’ve just added seventy seven New Niftylifts to our fleet. With a range of platform heights from 12 to 21 meters, the new machines include: 21 x Niftylift hr17s 4x4 fitted as standard with SiOPS  14 x Niftylift hr21s 4x4 fitted as standard with SiOPS  14 x Niftylift hr12s 4x4 bi energy 14 x Niftylift 170s trailer mounted platforms with bi energy and traction drive 14 x Niftyl ... more

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Come join us - We're recruiting - Driver, Operators, Technicians and New Business Sales staff needed

28 November 2015 Email this article

Due to significant expansion in the business and our fleet, we are looking for capable, enthusiastic people to join our thriving business. We need driver / operators at our depots across the country nationwide, and we're looking for Technicians at our Newcastle, Purfleet and Hickstead depots. We're also looking for Training Instructors at our Birmingham and Purfleet depots, and for New ... more

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Facelift at the front of LiftEx Conference Liverpool 2015

28 November 2015 Email this article

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association held its annual conference in Liverpool last month. Facelift was in attendance with a Skyjack scissor lift and an Ascendant truck mount, which we used to help install the Christmas decorations at the city’s iconic Albert Dock. Among those attending were the Haigh brothers Gareth and Russell, owners of Leeds based transport and heavy lift company C ... more

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Guidelines aim to raise awareness of construction health risks

28 November 2015 Email this article

New guidelines have been published in a bid to boost awareness of occupational health risks in the construction industry. Put together by CITB, the Construction Industry Advisory Committee (ConIAC) and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the guide aims to help the sector manage health risks more effectively. In the construction sector, the authors say that some of the main ... more

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