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ZT a leading light for Bouygues!

30 August 2014 Email this article

Bouygues Energies & Services group has brought on ZT Safety Systems – the brainchild of Facelift founder Gordon Leicester – to provide a bespoke safety solution for the street lighting group. ZT Safety Systems ltd design and manufacture the award winning ZT Safety Harness that has completely revolutionized the way a fall safety harness works. Its design removes the need for groin ... more

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Worker death on Eastbourne Pier

30 August 2014 Email this article

Work is due to resume on Eastbourne’s fire-damaged pier following the death of a workman. Stephen Penrice, aged 44, from Cumbria, was pronounced dead at the scene after falling on to the beach last month. The pier has been sealed off since the incident, but Sussex Police said that they have now finished their forensic investigations and the site has been released back to the owner Cuerden ... more

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Emissions restrictions on plant in London

30 August 2014 Email this article

Plant equipment that doesn’t meet strict emissions targets will soon no longer be allowed to operate in the capital. By this time next year only construction plant that meets Stage IIIB emissions regulations will be allowed to work in central London or Canary Wharf. In Greater London, all plant will have to at least meet the Stage IIIA standards for NOx and particulate matter (PM) emissions ... more

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New pocket card from the Access Industry Forum

30 August 2014 Email this article

The Access Industry Forum (AIF) has launched a new pocket card to help those who regularly work at height. The AIF PocketCard explains in simple terms the most important, practical things to watch out for when working at height. It explains how to ensure work at height is safe, by first avoiding it where possible, and otherwise preventing the risk of a fall, or minimising that risk. On the flips ... more

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40 years of the Health & Safety at Work Act

30 August 2014 Email this article

Last month marked the 40th birthday of Health & Safety at Work Act. Introduced in 1974, it completely changed the regulatory framework for the UK’s workplace health and safety by placing the responsibility for managing risks with the person responsible for creating the risk - along with ensuring employees must also take care of both themselves, and their colleagues. In a statement wh ... more

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Woman in toilet has narrow escape as scaffolding collapses

30 August 2014 Email this article

An Australian woman had a narrow escape whilst in a toilet cubicle recently, as she narrowly avoided being struck by scaffolding as it fell about 10 storeys from a construction site in Redfern, New South Wales. Cora Du, who works at Appetite Cafe on Regent Street, said she had been in the toilet cubicle for about 30 seconds on Tuesday morning when she heard a loud noise and a beam crashed throu ... more

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Moog 230 put to the test on the River Tweed

30 August 2014 Email this article

From cleaning Buckingham Palace’s windows to scaling Nelson’s column, we’re never ones to shy away from a challenge here at Facelift. So when we were asked to assist with a maintenance job, which involved a thorough inspection followed by carrying out any necessary repairs on a bridge running over the beautiful River Tweed, we put our best brains on the case. The River Tweed is ... more

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Brothers given custodial sentence for exposing workers to asbestos

30 August 2014 Email this article

Two Stoke-on-Trent brothers with little or no experience of building and construction work have been given prison sentences after they exposed workers to asbestos. At least seven workers are known to have been exposed to asbestos – one aged just 17 at the time – by Akram Hussain, 52, and Inam Hussain, 47, during refurbishment work at a former print works in Burslem, since February 2 ... more

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Firm fined after dairy worker seriously injured in fall

30 August 2014 Email this article

A County Durham dairy has been prosecuted for safety failings after a worker suffered life-changing injuries following a fall.  Simon Atkinson, 41, of Dipton, had been unloading empty milk bottles from a vehicle at Lanchester Dairies Ltd’s site in Lanchester when the incident happened on 6 September 2013.  He fractured an eye socket, sustained bleeding in his skull, multiple ... more

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Firms in court after Liverpool worker’s life-threatening roof fall

30 August 2014 Email this article

Two firms have been sentenced for safety failings after a Liverpool worker suffered life-threatening injuries when he fell through the roof of a former Cheshire factory. Peter Tracey was removing asbestos roof sheets from a disused building in Poynton when he stepped onto a fragile panel and fell more than five metres to the concrete floor below. He was airlifted to hospital with critical injur ... more

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