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Roofers fined after being spotted working unsafely

A West Midlands roofing firm has been fined after a passing safety official spotted an employee working unsafely at height without any fall protection. GS Roofing Specialists LLP was prosecuted following the chance encounter at the Kelvin Way Trading Estate in West Bromwich on 26 September 2013, in which an inspector for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) spotted two workers on a fragile roof ... more

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Aberdeen firms fined after worker’s fall

Two construction firms in Aberdeen have been sentenced for serious safety failings after a worker was left with life-changing injuries when he fell almost four metres through a hole in the first floor of a hotel in Aberdeen. Scott Massie, then aged 37 years, was employed by Riverside Construction (Aberdeen) Limited, which had been subcontracted by Aberdeen Fabrication Limited (A-FAB) to work on a ... more

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IAPA Awards winners named

7 April 2014 Email this article

The International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) took place in a packed ceremony at the historic Beaumont Estate Hotel in Windsor last week, attracted a huge crowd on Thursday evening as fourteen delighted winners picked up their trophies. Jointly organised by KHL's Access International and the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), the glittering event celebrates best practice and e ... more

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Access: A star is born

7 April 2014 Email this article

Though so many things in life couldn’t happen without it, it’s not often you see access equipment as the star of the show, which is why we love this video we spotted on the Vertikal website. Entitled Nachts im Museum (Night in the Museum), it stars a 63ft Niftylift HR21 Hybrid helping to project huge images onto the side of a building. ... more

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Congratulations F100 winner Dave Turner

5 April 2014 Email this article

This month’s F100 photograph competition was won by Dave Turner who took this picture of works being carried out by Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (BBMMJV) under the Highways Agency Area 4 Contract covering Motorways and Trunk roads in Kent and Sussex. The works were a Special Inspection of the A2 Eastcliff Viaduct Bearing together with installation of monitoring equipment f ... more

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Two major orders of new machines for our sales manager

5 April 2014 Email this article

There was success for our Capital Sales Manager Russell Woodward this month, when he landed two big orders with major players on the global stage. The first is with Jaguar Land Rover in Wolverhampton. Following around four months of intense consultation and a site survey, they have placed an order for two Nifty HR17NEs, two Haulotte Quick Up 14s and one MEC 3259ERT Crossover scissor lift. Th ... more

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Kris Desmedt wins Access Photograph of the year competition

5 April 2014 Email this article

This year's IPAF summit was held last week at the Beaumont Estate Hotel, Old Windsor. Central to the event was this year's International Awards for Powered Access (IAPA) awards, which recognises companies and individuals who have made a striking contribution to the industry. And we played a pretty big part in the awards too. Facelift sponsored the Access Photograph of the Year category, which off ... more

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South East Asia expansion for IPAF

5 April 2014 Email this article

IPAF approved training centres in South East Asia posted a very impressive growth of 211.3% in 2013, and the federation has announced that it will be investing resources to support its rapidly growing membership in the region. Currently, IPAF has members in China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand and has appointed Evelyn LOW Soo Chian as regional m ... more

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Date announced for AIF working at height Twitter symposium

5 April 2014 Email this article

The Access Industry Forum (AIF) has set the date for the UK’s first ever Twitter Symposium devoted exclusively to working at height in the workplace. Starting at 11.00am on Wednesday 16 April 2014, it will take the form of a one-hour question and answer session and offer a unique opportunity to put questions to experts in every sector of the access industry. Experts in topics such as  ... more

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IPAF staff take the PAL + challenge

5 April 2014 Email this article

IPAF staff took the PAL + challenge last month, as Susan Foster, IPAF training operations coordinator, and Lynn Price, IPAF audit and QC manager, were the first members of the IPAF staff to successfully complete the PAL+ advanced operator course, at Facelift’s indoor facility in Liverpool. The course was led by IPAF certified instructor Gary Phillipson. PAL+ is an optional, additional one d ... more

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