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Offer: 20% off orders for the New ZT Adjustable Restraint Lanyard - 1.8m

31 January 2015 Email this article

Facelift is offering an exclusive discount for all High Times readers: 20% of all orders of the ZT Restraint lanyard. The ZT Adjustable Restraint lanyard enables a user to perform working at height activities whilst preventing falls occurring. It can be used in a number of different scenarios, including securing an operative in a MEWP / Cherry picker basket or reducing the risk of a fall by preve ... more

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Crossrail reaches apprenticeships milestone

31 January 2015 Email this article

Four hundred apprentices have now been appointed to work on the Crossrail project. Discussing the milestone, which means the infrastructure scheme has met it’ target early, UK Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said “This government is investing significant amounts in the country’s infrastructure. “As we start work on other major projects like HS2 and the Thames Tide ... more

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PAL Card unaffected by CSCS announcement

31 January 2015 Email this article

IPAF has confirmed that its PAL Card will continue to be accepted by the UK Contractors Group (UKCG) and Government bodies as proof of appropriate training in the use of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs). The confirmation follows a statement issued by the Strategic Forum noting that members of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) have decided to specify and promote occupational card ... more

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Home improvement work on the cards for 2015, survey finds

31 January 2015 Email this article

More than half of the UK’s homeowners intend to invest in property improvements this year, according to a new survey from Ocean Finance. They reported that 54% of householders hope to conduct home improvements of some kind, which could mean a welcome boost for the construction industry. Discussing the report, Ian Williams, a spokesman for Ocean Finance, said that it remains costly for peo ... more

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New UK-GBC boss calls for green construction drive

31 January 2015 Email this article

Julie Hirigoyen, the new chief executive of the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC), has urged green construction firms to work towards the mass roll-out of sustainable property solutions. She welcomed the fact that sustainability has risen up the corporate agenda to become a “mainstream concern for many organisations involved in the built environment” but argued that more must be don ... more

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Routine HSE inspection reveals major work at height risks

31 January 2015 Email this article

A construction company with a record of endangering the lives of its workers has been fined by the HSE once again for taking risks with working at height Inspectors who paid a routine visit to AM Construction Ltd’s site in West Bromwich, in May 2014 found men working on the first floor without scaffolding, edge protection, airbags or other fall prevention or mitigation measures. A Prohibit ... more

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Firm in court after workers serious roof fall

31 January 2015 Email this article

A firm in East Lothian has been fined for serious safety failings after a worker was left paralysed when he fell almost four metres through a fragile rooflight. Neil Knox, then 69, of Pencaitland in East Lothian, is confined to a wheelchair after suffering irreparable damage to his spinal cord in the incident in March 2013 as he replaced plastic rooflights on a farm shed in Lauder, in the Scottis ... more

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Roofing firm in court after teenager breaks back in fall

31 January 2015 Email this article

A building firm has been fined £10,000 after a 17-year-old mental health patient broke her back and pelvis when she fell over six metres from the roof of the Royal Preston Hospital in Fullwood. W Hughes and Son Ltd was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after an investigation found the company had failed to prevent access to the scaffolding on the site. Preston Magistrates ... more

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3 Reasons why you should train with us:

26 January 2015 Email this article

1. Flexible training options. We train 7 days a week at our training centres or at your location* morning or evening to suit your business requirements 2. 20% off returning customers. Either you are renewing your IPAF, PASMA or Ladder certification or want to book additional courses. 3. Excellent pass rates. With 15 years of experience we are one of the oldest and most experienced MEWP training ... more

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HSE calls for New Year resolution on health and safety blame game

11 January 2015 Email this article

Businesses ought to turn over a new leaf and stop blaming health and safety for poor or over-the-top decisions, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The regulator launched its 40th anniversary year with a call to stop the culture of blaming anything and everything on non-existent ‘health and safety’ rules. It has also recently published research from the University of Exe ... more

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