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Sixty new electric scissor lifts ready to go

1 November 2015 Email this article

 We've just taken delivery of 60 brand new electric scissor lifts from Skyjack - We've seen a lot of demand from customers for these tough, reliable platforms. Paul Standing said: “The economic recovery is breathing new life into our sector and we’re finding demand is close to pre-recession levels. We want to ensure we have the best kit available, and plenty of it – th ... more

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Platform performs parrot rescue

1 November 2015 Email this article

There was fun and games thanks to our feathery friends in Purley this month, when a parrot had to be rescued by a cherry picker after escaping its harness and becoming stuck in a tree.  Pet owner Becky Page was out “walking” Mr Mango, her 14-month-old blue and gold macaw when he decided to stretch his wings. Ms Page uses an aviator harness for her pet, which means that he can ... more

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M.C. Escher Art pops up in London

1 November 2015 Email this article

To coincide with its current exhibition The Amazing World of M.C. Escher, Dulwich Picture Gallery has worked with Dulwich Outdoor Gallery and the street artist Phlegm to create the work, which echoes an iconic work by M.C. Escher.  With a little help from a cherry picker, the work, which is located above a takeaway at 155 Dulwich Road, opposite t ... more

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Call for comments: Guidance on loading and unloading of MEWPs

1 November 2015 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) working groups are currently drafting several good practice guides relating to drivers and the management of safe loading and unloading of MEWPs. This will include guidance to identify the responsibilities of contractors, rental companies, transporters and drivers when planning and carrying out loading/unloading activities and guidance fo ... more

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PASMA Tower Week to launch with free webinar

1 November 2015 Email this article

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Organisation (PASMA) has announced that it will be hosting a special webinar to launch Tower Week 2015 on the 2nd of November, running from 2pm to 3pm.   The webinar, which is free to view, will feature a panel of mobile access tower experts who will discuss the latest developments and hot topics in tower safety and best practice.  ... more

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Grace period for renewing Site Safety Plus certificate will be withdrawn from January 2016

1 November 2015 Email this article

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced that the grace period for the Site Safety Plus scheme has been removed to bring the scheme in line with other Cskills Awards products. To allow time for this requirement to become embedded, the 6 month grace period will still apply to any delegate with a certificate expiry date up to and including 31 December 2015. Delegates must b ... more

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CITB releases statement on card fraud

1 November 2015 Email this article

CITB statement regarding card fraud in the construction industry.  Carl Rhymer, Delivery and Customer Engagement Director at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), said: “We know card fraud poses a serious threat to the UK construction industry and we are tackling this head-on. “In July 2014, CITB’s Executive Team doubled our spend on fraud investigations, which ... more

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MPs propose 2035 deadline for asbestos removal

1 November 2015 Email this article

MPs have put forward a range of measures that could see asbestos removed from all rented homes, businesses and public buildings by 2035. The all-party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Health and Safety is calling for a new asbestos eradication law, in a bid to wipe out all traces of the deadly material. In its report, the group says a national programme of asbestos surveys should be carried o ... more

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Apprentices 'can earn more' than graduates

1 November 2015 Email this article

Taking a higher apprenticeship offers people the chance to earn more money than going to many universities, a survey from educational charity the Sutton Trust has found. According to their study, youngsters who start their working lives with a Level 5 higher apprenticeship will bank £1.44 million over the course of their careers. That is around £50,000 more than someone who graduates ... more

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Family in Lincolnshire exposed to dangerous asbestos

1 November 2015 Email this article

Tenants of a house in Lincolnshire, including a three year old girl, were exposed to dangerous levels of deadly asbestos dust, Lincoln Crown Court was told last month. Blankney Estates Ltd, the company which rented the property in Scopwick, was fined after it pleaded guilty to health and safety offences. The court heard it did not manage adequately what were clearly deteriorating asbestos materia ... more

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