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Scaffolder's serious safety failings captured on film by horrified passer-by

25 September 2015 Email this article

A scaffolder has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after he repeatedly allowed unsafe work at height to be carried out on a busy London street. Greg Pearson, from Enfield, trading as ‘Pearsons Scaffolding’, was prosecuted after a member of the public raised concerns about scaffolding work being carried out on Tavistock Street in central London - passing on photographs ... more

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Freight trailer manufacturer fined after worker falls from height

25 September 2015 Email this article

A freight trailer manufacturer has been fined for dangerous work at height after a worker fell and injured his hand whilst working on a fragile roof. Gray & Adams Limited were prosecuted by the HSE after 50 year old John Strachan suffered a fractured hand when he fell on the roof of the brake department in December 2013 at the company’s Fraserburgh site. Peterhead Sheriff Court ... more

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Free MEWPs operators safety guide

30 August 2015 Email this article

Get your free copy of our pocket sized safety guide to Mobile Elevating Work Platforms.  Facelift have been a long time champion of safety while working at height and this project was spurred on by the need for a high quality guide that was easily accessible and more attractive to users. The guides will be given away to all trainees on IPAF training courses and to all Self Dri ... more

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Do site managers need more training? Read the big debate in IPAF Elevating Safety

30 August 2015 Email this article

The latest issue of IPAF Elevating Safety features a closer look at how smart technology is advancing the safety of aerial equipment, an interview with IPAF president Andy Studdert, and advice on spotting hazards and understanding jobsite danger. Click here to view. ... more

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Stay safe around asbestos with Facelift

29 August 2015 Email this article

Asbestos, once a widely used building material, is now known to cause everything from scarring of the lungs to fatal lung cancer. Subsequently, its use was banned in 1999. However, this ban does not mean that the danger has passed. Because the ban was only introduced in 1999, there is a risk that in any building built before this year (i.e. most of them) asbestos will be present, ready to be rele ... more

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FMB issue warning over skills shortages

29 August 2015 Email this article

Two thirds of small construction businesses have had to turn work down because of skills shortages, according to new data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). It reports that some 66% of smaller-scale businesses within the sector, while close to half of the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) polled by the trade body said they have also had to outsource work to third parties, in ... more

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Construction economists predict four years of growth

29 August 2015 Email this article

The latest forecast from the Construction Products Association (CPA) confirms confidence in the industry’s prospects over the next few years, despite a downgrade in this year’s expected growth. Four months ago the Construction Products Association (CPA) forecasted total construction output to grow by 5.5% in 2015. It now expects growth of 4.9% for this year. However, its 2016 foreca ... more

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Super-sewer mobilisation starts

29 August 2015 Email this article

Contractors are starting to mobilise for the construction of London’s £4.2bn super-sewer. Following Ofwat signing off the deal between Thames Water and project licensee Bazalgette Tunnel Ltd, construction contractors are now being mobilised to start work on London’s £4.2bn super-sewer. The firms working on the sewer will be: West contract: BMB JV (BAM Nuttall, Mor ... more

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IPAF - MEWPs the safest way to work at height

29 August 2015 Email this article

Preliminary fatal injury rate calculations confirm that mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) are one of the safest ways to perform temporary work at height, according to a new analysis from the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). This latest analysis complements IPAF’s release of the 2014 MEWP-related accident data and indicates that although the total MEWP rental fleet has ... more

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Powis Castle extreme gardening with cherry picker

29 August 2015 Email this article

If you think trimming the hedges is a chore, be thankful you don’t have the foliage of Powis Castle in Wales to contend with. This BBC article reports that gardener Dan Bull spends 10 weeks a year on a cherrypicker trying to tame this 55ft (17 metre) hedge at the castle in Welshpool, Powys. It’s certainly safer than the previous method used to trim the hedges, however. In the past, t ... more

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