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£26k fine follows scaffolder's fall

19 November 2015 Email this article

Bristol-based Tubular Access Scaffolds Limited has been fined more than £26,000 after an employee fell nine metres. Bristol Magistrates’ Court heard how a man was dismantling a scaffold structure when he fell, causing life-changing head injuries. An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident, which occurred on 23rd July 2013, at Berkley Crescent, Clift ... more

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Riding the high seat

19 November 2015 Email this article

Spotted in Kortrijk Belgium last week, a young man riding a pallet suspended from a truck mounted aluminium crane. The crane, owned by Meulebeke based roofing contractor Wim Vergote, was working on new homes and was almost fully extended with boom and jib and a single line to a suspended pallet fork carrying roofing materials and a human unloading person. Brave or foolhardy? He does not seem in ... more

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Skyjack is training smart dogs

19 November 2015 Email this article

Skyjack is supporting New York based charity Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities or ECAD for short, as part of its 30 projects for 30 years programme celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding. The company, which has donated $10,000 and helped promote the charity, was introduced by one of its largest customers.  Established in 1995, ECAD trains dogs to help people living with ... more

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The Pylon Men (1966)

13 November 2015 Email this article

Here we have a short British film from 1966 – The Pylon Men – highlighting just how much things have changed since the Swinging Sixties.  No cranes were used, and not even a whiff of any safety equipment or PPE – not even boots. It is quite fascinating and well worth a couple of minutes on a Friday afternoon.  Before you think ahhh that is when men were men, don&rsquo ... more

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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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