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Businessman and construction contractor fined for safety failings

9 January 2016 Email this article

A partner in a retail business and he construction company he contacted to do roof work have been fined for safety failings. Portsmouth Magistrates’ Court heard how Alan Southwell had arranged for major work to be done on the roof of his retail premises in Brading Isle of Wight Carpenters Road. The work consisted of replacing all polycarbonate roof panels and was estimated to take three ... more

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What this? Oh, just a 25ft Lego Christmas tree made from 300,000 bricks using a cherrypicker

8 January 2016 Email this article

Are you obsessed with Lego and have a serious dose of Christmas spirit. Well you might need to take a little lie down after seeing this amazing 25ft Christmas tree. Master builders have outdone themselves this festive season with an enormous tree, made out of 300,000 Lego bricks. The tree, which appeared at Legoland Windsor Resort, was unveiled as they added the finishing touches – a Lego ... more

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Santa is helped down from top of Glasgow statue as cherry picker comes to the rescue

8 January 2016 Email this article

The Duke of Wellington Statue in Glasgow has long been a source of viral infamy - and now Santa has got in on the act A man dressed as Santa Claus had to be rescued from the top of Glasgow's Duke of Wellington statue by a cherry picker, in this video the man wearing a Father Christmas costume celebrates his rescue punching his hands into the air. Filmed by a passerby close to Glasgow's ... more

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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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