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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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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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