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Two builders drove cherry picker and were arrested for drink driving

8 January 2016 Email this article

Two builders drove cherry picker and were arrested for drink driving Two builders who went for a joyride on a cherry picker after their Christmas party have been banned from driving, they drove the vehicle through Cambridge city centre after drinking several pints and downing some shots. After police caught up with them they lifted themselves up to a second floor walk way before runnin ... more

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Hot off the production line – Nine brand new Multitels join our fleet ready to kick start Facelift into the New Year

7 January 2016 Email this article

We’ve just added nine new Multitels to our fleet which are available to hire now throughout the UK from any one of our depots. With a range of platform heights from 17 to 30 meters, this means that along with our assortment of Nifty Lifts and Falcon Spiders, Facelift now have the largest range of tracked booms in the UK, the new machines include: 4 x Mulitel SMX 170 2 x Mulitel SMX 225 2 ... more

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Exiting safely at height

7 January 2016 Email this article

IPAF has released updated guidance E2 on exiting the platform at height. The document states that MEWPs are specifically designed to lift people to a position where they can work at height safely within the platform and that MEWPs are not designed for the purposes of transfer or exiting at height. Hence, people should only enter or exit the work platform at access positions at ground level or on t ... more

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Crane boom down

7 January 2016 Email this article

A crawler crane boom came down onto a barge from which another crane was working yesterday in West Palm Beach Florida.  The crane, a classic Manitowoc crawler - possibly a 4100 - was one of three large crawler cranes working on the Flagler Memorial Bridge replacement over the Inter Coastal waterway, and appears to have been extracting sheet piles. The crane which has come down is owned by Ba ... more

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Outrigger safety alert

7 January 2016 Email this article

WorkCover Queensland has issued a safety alert highlighting the risks associated with inadequate support under outrigger feet - particularly on poor ground. The bulletin follows the fatal overturn of a 70 metre truck mounted lift in Brisbane, December 2015 that killed photographer Chris Powell, 41, and seriously injured his son Brendan, 17. See fatal overturn in Brisbane  The full ... more

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Straddling the ladder

18 December 2015 Email this article

Spotted in San Diego, California, a man quietly working on a window in the autumn sun, while straddling his step ladder. The scene is quite pastoral and reminiscent of a painter in the south of France. He is of course at risk of the ladder tipping sideways and dumping him on his back and from a height of around two metres and his apparent weight he could well sustain a serious injury.  It i ... more

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Date set for Construction Health Summit

18 December 2015 Email this article

Construction industry leaders are throwing their weight behind attempts to reduce the everyday health risks faced by construction workers in their workplace. The inaugural Construction Health Summit will be held in London on 21st January 2016, bringing together key players in the industry to address the fact that occupational disease kills far more construction workers than site accidents. Whi ... more

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A miraculous escape

18 December 2015 Email this article

Two men survived a high speed collision with the counterweight from a foundation crane in Singapore on Wednesday The incident, captured on a dash mounted camera, shows the crane mast catching up on the branches of a tree causing the superstructure to rapidly slew through 90 degrees throwing its counterweight off directly into the cab of the oncoming truck.  The passenger, 60, simply climbed ... more

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World's toughest gardening job? National Trust workers need cherry picker to trim huge hedges

17 December 2015 Email this article

If you think tending to your garden is bad enough, spare a thought for National Trust workers who spend 10 weeks trimming a hedge This is one job where you definitely need a hedge for heights. National Trust workers are swapping shears for hydraulic platforms as they get stuck in to the mammoth task of taming the hedges at a country house. Gardeners are busy pruning the mighty 400-year-old ... more

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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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