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PASMA launches new advanced course

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA) has launched a new advanced training course: Towers with Cantilevers.  Developed after extensive consultation with PASMA members and the tower-using industries ‘Towers with Cantilevers’ is the latest in a series of advanced courses that reflects the fast growing use of towers in more complex an ... more

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MEWP fatal injury rate remains constant, although fleet size and utilisation increase

The fatal injury rate for mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) has remained constant, even though the total MEWP rental fleet and the number of rental days worldwide have increased, according to accident data released by IPAF. The release of the MEWP-related accident data and its preliminary fatal injury rate calculations confirm that MEWPs are one of the safest ways to perform temporary work ... more

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Changes to CSCS cards

CSCS is implementing a number of changes to the CSCS card scheme to comply with the Construction Leadership Council’s (CLC) decision that the industry should specify and promote card schemes carrying the CSCS logo with no equivalents accepted. As part of the CLC decision, cards carrying the CSCS logo should only be issued to individuals who hold the correct qualification for ... more

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Congratulation to F100 winner – Wayne Beer

The winner of this month’s F100 Photography competition is Wayne Beer, from Kent, whose company used a Bronto S50XTD-J from Facelift to install CCTV cameras. His business has been using the Facelift for some time after reliability issues with “lesser companies”. For this job, he explained, it was crucial that the machine in question was incredibly stable as they were installing ... more

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Facelift trains over 46,000 workers

28 years ago, Facelift joined the IPAF. We were one of the first hire companies to do so, and went on to become a fully-fledged training centre in 1996. Since then, we have trained a whopping 46,000 candidates. Facelift runs a number of different IPAF courses, including Scissor Lift training, Cherry Picker training, Static and Mobile booms, Static and Vertical platforms, and Specialist Intern ... more

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Employer fined after employee falls through fragile roof

Phillip Posnett, a self-employed business man has been fined after his employee fell through a fragile sky light on a farm building. Liverpool Magistrates’ Court heard how an employee of Mr Posnett, Ian Kirby, was replacing broken tiles on a roof. After completing the repair on the roof ridge, he stepped onto an adjacent fragile roof to remove debris. He fell several feet through a fragi ... more

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Two companies fined after disturbing asbestos

Two companies have been fined after asbestos was disturbed during refurbishment work in London. Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard how two employees of 24-Hour Maintenance Services Limited disturbed asbestos insulating board (AIB) whilst they were doing refurbishment work at a former commercial premises undergoing conversion into flats, in Romford. An investigation by the HSE into th ... more

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Company fined after worker falls five metres from flat roof

A signage company based in Sheffield, has been fined after a worker fell five metres from a flat roof. Chesterfield Magistrates’ Court heard how Warburton Signs Limited were contracted to erect a large sign to the gable end of an industrial building. Three fitters accessed a neighbouring flat roof to fit the sign when one worker fell from the roof. He sustained life threatening injuries, ... more

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Working on the edge!

29 April 2016 Email this article

A man was spotted cleaning windows from the narrow window ledges, next to a Mace site in central London, UK, recently.  We have few details, but he is clearly working at a height well in excess of eight metres. With seemingly little to stop him falling backwards. No doubt that this is one of the worst we have seen in some time. Have a safe weekend ... more

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Just a little bit higher

22 April 2016 Email this article

The photo shows a man using a Genie 19ft scissor lift combined with a step ladder, and even then it looks as though he is still falling short.  We have no idea where or when this was taken, but clearly it is outside of a particular building. Sadly the methodology is not too unusual. Perhaps someone recognises the building? Either way, someone needs to go on a MEWPs for managers course so the ... more

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