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HS2 to create 25,000 construction jobs

29 September 2015 Email this article

As many as 25,000 jobs in construction could be created by the HS2 high-speed railway scheme, according to predictions from Government analysts. Firms have already started bidding for work on the project, which could lead to the signing of some of the highest value contracts in the history of British construction. Some 2,000 apprenticeships also look set to be made available as a resu ... more

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Construction industry report reveals return to growth

29 September 2015 Email this article

The construction industry has returned to growth, with profits and productivity up, according to a new report from industry analysts Glenigan. The 2015 UK Construction Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Annual Report, showed that the median profit margin rising from 2.1% in 2014 to 2.8% this year. Productivity has also improved markedly. Seven out of 10 (69%) of projects came in o ... more

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PASMA to discuss PAS 250 at WWT Safety Health Awareness Day

29 September 2015 Email this article

PASMA is set to deliver a presentation on working at height, and the safe use of low level platforms in particular, at Working Well Together (WWT) Safety & Health Awareness Day (SHAD) at Wolverhampton Science Park on 22 September.  WWT is a HSE campaign promoting health and safety in the construction sector. The presentation, given by Paul Roddis, will focus on PAS 250, the Publicl ... more

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McLaren call upon Facelift to supply scissor lift

29 September 2015 Email this article

In August, McLaren Technology Group got in touch with Facelift’s sales department with specific requirements for an electric scissor lift at their headquarters in Woking, Surrey. Charlotte, from Facelift’s Sales division, quickly arranged for a site survey to be carried out in order to determine exactly what type of equipment they needed. She explained:  “It is of paramount ... more

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Facelift and ISS hit the heights at Gatwick

29 September 2015 Email this article

After winning the facilities management contract for both the North and South terminal at Gatwick airport, ISS contacted Facelift in August with requirements for scissor lifts to assist them in the maintenance of both terminals. Russell Woodward, Facelift’s Sales Manager, visited ISS at Gatwick Airport to discuss which machines would be best suited to the tasks at hand and quickly identifie ... more

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Driver used cherry picker instead of stairs to get to car

29 September 2015 Email this article

Over in Stamford, Connecticut, a construction crew found its boom lift hijacked when an inpatient driver decided to use their cherry picker to get to his vehicle parked on the fifth floor of a multi-storey car park. The individual, who obviously has heavy equipment experience, decided that walking up to the fifth floor of the parking garage was a bit too difficult and instead turned on the machin ... more

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Inside Birmingham's revamped New Street train station

26 September 2015 Email this article

Birmingham’s New Street station and Grand Central shopping centre has opened, after a £750 million make-over and a little help from Facelift. The five-year project saw the demolition of the Stephenson Tower, along with the removal of 6,000 tonnes of concrete in order to increase the station's capacity. Facelift hired out a number of machines to work on the job, including Niftyli ... more

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Heating engineer fined after homeowners put at risk of asbestos exposure

25 September 2015 Email this article

A self-employed heating engineer has been fined after removing asbestos lagged pipework in a domestic property with no precautions to prevent exposure to asbestos fibres. Karl Locher pleaded guilty at Trafford Magistrates’ Court after an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Locher was employed to install a new heating system in the domestic property. He removed the ... more

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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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