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Derby rail worker awarded £40,000 compensation for asbestos exposure

5 January 2019 Email this article

A Derby man has won almost £40,000 in compensation after being exposed to asbestos for decades in the course of his career as an engineer on the railways, the Derbyshire Telegraph reports. Maurice Chapman, 86, started working on the railway as an apprentice in 1946, later becoming an electrical engineer, until his retirement in 1986. He was never told of the dangers of asbestos or supplied ... more

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Facelift flashback: Hand carved oak owl fetches £360 for children's charity

5 January 2019 Email this article

Back in December 2016, Facelift was celebrating raising a whopping £360 for a local children’s charity with the sale of a beautiful hand-carved owl statue, carved from one of the trees at its Hickstead depot. Carved by Luke from the local business Pixie Mushrooms Chainsaw Carver, all funds raised from the sale went to Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice in Sussex, which cares ... more

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Roofer sentenced for health and safety failings

5 January 2019 Email this article

A self-employed part-time roofer has today been sentenced after both exposing a homeowner to carbon monoxide and putting co-workers at risk while working at height. Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court was told how in March 2016, Mr Robert Thompson, who was in control of work to remove a chimney at a house in Llanharan,  put his co-workers at risk of falling from a height liable to ... more

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Family-owned farming business fined after worker severely injured following fall from height

5 January 2019 Email this article

A family-owned and run farming business has been fined at Aberdeen Sheriff Court after an employee sustained severe injuries following a fall from height. The court was told how in November 2017, Alan Twatt (Potatoes) Ltd, asked an employee to install an electric cable through four barns at a height of approximately 4 metres. A potato box lifted by a forklift was used as a working platform. The w ... more

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Failure to undertake asbestos assessment leads to fine for Fulham company

5 January 2019 Email this article

A residential property development company based in Fulham has today been sentenced after failing to carry out an asbestos survey prior to undertaking extensive refurbishment works. Westminster Magistrates’ Court was told how, in December 2017, Pascal Huser Design & Build Ltd undertook construction work at a property in Fulham, London. However, a routine inspection by the Health & S ... more

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Go Fund Me in memory of Ray Schofield, Newcastle depot manager

4 December 2018 Email this article

We are very sorry to announce that Ray Schofield, our depot manager at Newcastle, has passed away. Though only with Facelift since the summer, Ray made a big impact. He was liked by colleagues and customers alike and always ready to share the considerable expertise he built up during 12 years in the plant hire industry. He has been described as a “warm, kind and caring family man&rdquo ... more

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CPA Card Scheme Open Meetings 2019

2 December 2018 Email this article

Following a meeting organised by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) in April focussed on the topic of Training of Plant in Construction (TOPIC), the CPA will be hosting a series of meetings in 2019 focussing on the current issues surrounding card schemes. The need for discussions on this topic was instigated by the announcement made by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) th ... more

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Oh Christmas tree...

2 December 2018 Email this article

As people up and down the country venture out to buy their annual Norwegian Spruce, we’ve been taking a look through some of our Christmas projects over the last decade In 2012, for example, we were tasked with putting up the 18 metre Christmas tree that graces London’s Trafalgar Square each year. Gifted to the UK by the people of Norway as a token of gratitude for our support during ... more

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CITB sells CPCS scheme to NOCN Group

2 December 2018 Email this article

The CITB has agreed to sell its Construction Plant Competence Scheme (CPCS) to NOCN Group, one of the sector’s largest Awarding Organisations (AO). The move comes as part of CITB’s Vision 2020 programme of reform to better meet the demands of British construction. CITB will take on a more strategic and influential role focusing on securing the right training mix, high standards ... more

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HSE announces changes to Asbestos Licensing Procedure

2 December 2018 Email this article

At the end of October 2018, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) announced that from 1st December 2018 HSE asbestos licence renewal applications will be made electronically and the evidence to support those applications will be emailed (and in later implementation stages uploaded) to HSE at the same time. There will also be a new, more detailed, application form. From now on, the Asbestos ... more

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