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Construction deaths down 28% in five years to 2014/15 as firms focus on high-risk work

5 November 2015 Email this article

The number of fatalities on construction sites fell by more than a quarter in the last five years, new figures from the Health and Safety Executive have revealed. For the period 2010-15, a total of 217 construction workers lost their lives on site, a fall of 28.1 per cent compared with the 304 reported construction deaths in 2005-10. The drop in the number of fatal incidents was revealed in the ... more

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F100 Winner David Palmer - Bronto at St Pauls

1 November 2015 Email this article

Congratulations to David Palmer for sending in this shot of their 61 XDT Bronto, on duty at St Pauls Cathederal London, - David comments " the photo was taken whilst working with a 3d imaging company who were taking pictures of the façade so they could be transformed into a 3d image with new technology! Thanks to David for sending in this shot. Everyone can enter the F100 competi ... more

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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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