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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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World's First Fully Functional 3D Printed Excavator

21 April 2016 Email this article

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 are teaming up to unveil the world’s first fully-functional 3D printed construction excavator and the first large-scale use of steel in 3D printing, known as additive manufacturing. The excavator, which will be on display at the joint trade shows in March 2017, will bring to life how technology is transforming the construction industry in line with the show&rsqu ... more

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Scissor lift takes a dip

21 April 2016 Email this article

A scissor lift owned by a Milton Keynes access hire company, has what looks like, slipped into a canal in the UK sometime last weekend. The incident occurred when the machine was driving down the muddy towpath of the Dudley No 2 Canal near Netherton to the west of Birmingham, and clearly got too close to the edge.  The company has confirmed that the lift is a relatively new Skyjack 6832RT, a ... more

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Cherry picker rescue for driver who managed to 'crash' up a telegraph pole

2 April 2016 Email this article

Incredible rescue of Tennessee woman who somehow crashed UP a telephone pole and was suspended for TWO HOURS in high-voltage wires. The freakiest of 'freak accidents' occurred Friday evening, police say, when a 56-year-old unnamed Tennessee woman managed to drive UP a telephone pole and get tangled in high-voltage wires for hours until rescue crews could bring her down. The accident occurred ... more

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