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Man on tin roof has total disregard for health and safety

13 November 2015 Email this article

Spotted this week in Derbyshire, in the UK, a man working on the side of a building by leaning over the edge of the roof, when he is just 100 metres from an aerial work platform supplier.  The man is around six to eight metres up and has gained access to the roof by balancing a ladder on top of a refrigeration service unit. Due to the picture quality we cannot see exactly how he managed to c ... more

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Working too closely with power lines

13 November 2015 Email this article

Two men were injured earlier this week in Port Charlotte, Florida after they came into contact with overhead power lines while trimming trees from a boom lift.  The emergency services arrived to find the two men, one in his 40s and the other in his 50s, still in the platform clearly having been shocked. The power was shut down and the fire service used a rescue ladder to bring them down and ... more

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Facelift at the front of LiftEx Conference Liverpool 2015

12 November 2015 Email this article

The Lifting Equipment Engineers Association is holding its annual conference this week in Liverpool, UK. The event got off to a good start yesterday at the new Liverpool Exhibition Centre, at Albert Dock and runs through this evening.  We were there with a Skyjack scissor lift and an Ascendant truck mount helping install the Christmas decorations at Albert Dock. The bright new exhibiti ... more

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Thieves plan turned on its side

12 November 2015 Email this article

Two men were arrested after they stole a telehandler in the UK and then managed to overturn it as they made their escape. The machine was stolen from Thimbleby, near Northallerton in North Yorkshire, late on Monday night, and then spotted following a car on the road to Darlington. The police were called out and caught up with the thieves on a small bridge over the River Tees between Dinsdale and ... more

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Skyjack reach for sky!

12 November 2015 Email this article

Skyjack parent Linamar has published its third quarter results which shows another very strong quarter for the aerial lift and telehandler manufacturer.  In the nine months to the end of September, the Industrial division of Linamar, which is mostly Skyjack, posted a 25 percent increase in revenues to $709.7 million. At the same time operating profits jumped 42 percent to $135.9 million.&nbs ... more

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Forklift collision injures worker

12 November 2015 Email this article

An Essex haulage firm has been fined after an employee was struck by a forklift truck (FLT) driven by an untrained operative. Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard that on 29 November 2013, an employee was working at Unico Services UK’s warehouse in Rayleigh. While he was standing taking parcels from a cage, he was struck by a load carried by a FLT driven by another employee. He susta ... more

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Boss gets community service after worker's ladder fall

12 November 2015 Email this article

A Nottingham subcontractor has to do 180 hours of community service after a worker was injured when he fell from a damaged ladder. Lincoln Crown Court heard how Hardev Gutheran Singh had employed Charanjit Singh to carry out refurbishment work at a site in Ark Road, North Somercotes, Louth. On 11th May 2013, Charanjit Singh, 57, was painting metal roof struts more than three metres high when the ... more

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Construction worker invents gadget for charging mobiles on sites

5 November 2015 Email this article

A West Country construction worker and his father have launched a patented system for charging mobile phones and tablets on construction sites. In the UK, construction workers’ power tools run on 110v supply and trades and mobile phone chargers do not fit the sockets. Although battery banks are widely available, they are very bulky to carry around on site all day and also need charging up w ... more

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£65k fine for bucket-ride fatality for Sussex skip hire firm

5 November 2015 Email this article

The boss of a Sussex skip hire firm has been given a suspended jail sentence after an employee was killed falling from the bucket of an excavator. The firm, South Coast Skips Ltd, was fined £65,000. Lindsay Campbell, a 66-year-old father of ten from Waterlooville in Hampshire, was killed when the bucket he was riding tipped because hydraulic pressure dropped, causing him to fall nine metre ... more

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River Brain scaffold collapse lands three in Court

5 November 2015 Email this article

Three companies working on construction of residential apartments have been sentenced after workers narrowly escaped injury when a huge scaffold collapsed in the River Brain. The work was being undertaken at the Former Riverside Centre, in Braintree when on 1 July 2014 the scaffold, which was forty metres in length and five lifts high, collapsed into the river as workers leapt through window op ... more

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