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IPAF releases half-year results for accident reporting project

30 September 2014 Email this article

Finding from the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) accident database show that there were 23 fatalities worldwide involving mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), also known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), in the first half of 2014. The main causes of these fatalities were: overturn (9), fall from height (8), entrapment (3), electrocution (2), and technical/mechanical (1 ... more

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Facelift carry out repairs at one of Cheltenham’s oldest churches

30 September 2014 Email this article

Work to repair the roof of one of Cheltenham’s oldest church has started, and the Facelift team have been there to lend a helping hand. St Philip and St James’ Church has needed urgent repair work since the roof and stone works were damaged in storms over winter last year, which left the Grade II-listed building no longer wind or water tight. In fact, so bad was the damage that Englis ... more

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10 things you need to know about CPC

30 September 2014 Email this article

Short for 'Driver Certificate of Professional Competence', CPC is an initiative that promotes safety among drivers by making regular training a mandatory requirement.  Here are 10 key things you need to know about CPC, and what it means for you and your business… 1.     All professional drivers in charge of vehicles weighting 3.5 tonnes or more must be able to pr ... more

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Firm in court over worker’s multiple injuries

30 September 2014 Email this article

  A Wigtown-based sawmilling firm has been fined for safety failings after a worker was seriously injured when he fell eight feet through a fragile roof light to the ground below. Tony Heron, then 56, was employed by Penkiln Sawmill Company Ltd and was putting tin sheets on the roof of a lean-to shed at the company’s Wigtown premises when the incident occurred in February 2013. St ... more

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Roofers fail the work at height test

30 September 2014 Email this article

A West London roofing firm found itself in court facing a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution after it allowed employees to work on roofs in sites in Harrow and Ealing with no safety measures to protect them from potentially fatal falls.  Magistrates were told that an inspector from HSE came across the first instance in March 2013 and identified workers re-roofing a property i ... more

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Solar panel installer in court after workers’ fall through roof

30 September 2014 Email this article

The owner of a solar panel business has been fined for safety failings after two brothers fell 15ft through a fragile roof. Brynley Perrett, 37, suffered a compression fracture of his back and sternum in the incident at at a farm, near Trellech, Monmouthshire, in June, 2013. His brother Anthony, was fortunate to escape injury. They were installing solar panels on a building at the farm on b ... more

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Fine for SW Global Resourcing over cherry-picker death

30 September 2014 Email this article

A Glasgow-based company has been fined £200,000 over the death of a worker who was thrown from a cherry-picker in East Ayrshire. SW Global Resourcing admitted breaching health and safety laws over the death of 47-year-old Leslie Watson, who was carrying out maintenance work on the Annick Water Viaduct in Stewarton in April 2010 when the raised platform overturned. Mr Watson consequently die ... more

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Quality of service wins new sales for Facelift

30 August 2014 Email this article

The sales team is celebrating after East Village Management Ltd, who manage the 2012 Olympic Village made three large purchases of access equipment – Facelift’s largest order of 2014. The firm bought a Nifty HR21 4x4 Hy Brid, a Genie GS1932 Electric Scissor and an FS420 Spider 42m tracked platform.  Russell Woodward, Sales Manager at Facelift, said: “Naturally, we&rsq ... more

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Need first aid training? Why not combine it with CPC?

30 August 2014 Email this article

As the 10th September deadline fast approaches, our Driver CPC courses continue to be in high demand across all eight of our training centres. And the reason for the high demand? We’ve done what our customers wanted and developed a way for their staff to get trained up and achieve the mandatory CPC requirements in the most efficient way possible. Our customers highlighted the challen ... more

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Don’t let Health and Safety ‘rules’ spoil the fun, says minister

30 August 2014 Email this article

Minister for disabled people, Mark Harper, spoke out last month, appealing to staff at events and attractions to not ruin people’s enjoyment of the bank holiday weekend by imposing absurd rules. Mr Harper is reported as being annoyed by a decision from the Crufts dog show in Keswick, Cumbria to ban the contests in which dogs caught Frisbees, in case one of the animals was injured. Other exa ... more

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