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Cambridgeshire company and director in court after scaffold falls into street

10 August 2014 Email this article

A Cambridgeshire company and its director have been prosecuted by the HSE after an unsecured scaffold collapsed into a street.It fell onto the pavement and road in High Street, Stretham, on 18 April 2013 three days after it was erected in front of a house by Buckden firm Crusaders Scaffolding Ltd and director Gary Driver. An investigation found the two-storey structure, which was around 11 metr ... more

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Facelift opens Ashford, Kent depot

26 June 2014 Email this article

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve just opened a new depot in Ashford, Kent. Based on the Lympne Distribution Park, in Hythe, just off junction 11 of the M20, the Ashford Depot will boast our full range of powered access equipment, both self-drive and operated units of up to 61 metres. The company has also opened a large indoor training facility at the depot in response to a gro ... more

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First PASMA CoreSkills+ talk to focus on safe towers

26 June 2014 Email this article

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) hosted mobile access tower industry body PASMA’s first ever CoreSkills+ workshop  in order to launch the next phase of its safe towers campaign. PASMA’s ongoing campaign, which launched in May, has so far seen the association give out hundreds of Tower Safety Packs, as well as providing specialist information to businesses. ... more

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IPAF turns 30

26 June 2014 Email this article

IPAF is currently celebrating its 30th year of helping keep our industry safer. Launched in 1984, its founding members had one main aim: to promote the safe and effective use of powered access equipment worldwide. IPAF members reaffirmed the Federation’s original objectives and re-adopted them into the Federation’s rules at the recent annual general meeting in April. Among others, ... more

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Healthy workplace campaign focuses on stress.

26 June 2014 Email this article

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) today announced the first wave of EU official campaign partners for its 2014–15 Campaign, Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress (#EUmanagestress). The campaign partners come from a variety of sectors across Europe and encompass employers’ and workers’ federations, technology platforms, non-governmental organisations and multi ... more

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HSE's 40-year-old Act's rules are founded on common sense, but they’ve been hijacked by jobsworths

26 June 2014 Email this article

Health and Safety at Work Act, which is 40 years old this summer, has arguably saved more lives than any other piece of legislation, including the ban on drink driving or the compulsory wearing of seat belts in cars. It may well have reduced deaths by 5,000 or more. Writes the Telegraph. So how did an Act that was by any measure a milestone in social reform turn into one of the most disparaged ... more

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Firm sentenced after worker paralysed in fall

26 June 2014 Email this article

A Glaswegian firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was left paralysed from the neck down when he fell around three metres from the top of a gritter. Colin Shields, 34, of Cumbernauld, was standing on top of a gritter at Inex Works Ltd’s premises in a bid to help his colleagues dislodge compacted grit salt from inside the machine when the incident happened in December 2010. ... more

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“Selfish self-interest” leads to death of worker

26 June 2014 Email this article

A 64-year-old Shropshire man has been sentenced to 12 months in prison after his company illegally supplied roofing panels containing asbestos. Company director Robert Marsh’s offences came to light after a 56-year-old construction worker, who was roofing a barn using the panels, fell through the fragile material and later died. An investigation by the HSE found that Mr Marsh, sole Directo ... more

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Caught on camera: careless scaffolders working at height

26 June 2014 Email this article

Devil-may-care scaffolders were caught red handed after a concerned member of the public sent in a photo of their risky working practices to the HSE. The pictures show workers from Clerkenwell-based JOS Scaffolding Ltd using unsecure and precariously balanced boards to access and pass materials to higher levels. And one worker was even pictured sitting near the top of the structure casually dan ... more

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Secondary guarding devices: caution urged

26 June 2014 Email this article

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued a safety alert advising that “covers/shrouds on machine controls do not protect against entrapment of operators between the machine and nearby obstructions”. In addition, it has  advised duty holders to familiarize themselves with two industry guidance documents: the Strategic Forum for Construction Plant Safety Group’s Best ... more

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