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Roofing firm fined after worker suffered life changing injuries

29 May 2015 Email this article

A North Wales roofing company has been prosecuted after a roofer fell from a low roof and suffered life changing injuries. 37 year old Chris Jones from Colwyn Bay, was employed by NRS Specialist Services (North Wales) Ltd to work on re-covering the roof of a single story outhouse in Maes y Llan, Dwygyfylchi, in December 2013 when he fell nearly 2.5 metres to the ground. Mr Jones broke his ... more

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Vertikal Days 2015 - Haydock Park - 13th - 14th May

Make sure you attend Vertikal Days 2015 at Haydock Park on May the 13th - 14th - where you can see and experience the latest editions to Ascendant range of access platforms. The business will be showcasing new models such as the A22, A18, VM12.5 and the Urban Artic unit and trailer. Following a partnership between Ascendant’s parent company Redwood and commercial truck manufacturer Iveco, t ... more

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Web only offer - from Facelift

If you’re looking to invest in some new restraint lanyard, Facelift has just the offer for you with this web only offer of a Restraint Lanyard (fixed twin rope 1.75m with Scaffold Hooks) which is now just £39.12 +VAT, down from £60.53 + VAT. This lanyard offers many benefits over a traditional single lanyard such always being connected to an anchor point whilst manoeuvring in a ... more

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Visit the all-new Ant-artic at Vertikal Days

Continuing our drive for faster response and delivery times, Facelift is investing in the new Ant-artic vehicles from Ascendant. Visitors to our stand at the Vertikal Days show (Haydock Park, Newton-le-Willows, 13-14 May 2015) will be the first to see these in action. These new lighter, smaller delivery vehicles will mean speedier delivery times, and with greater fuel efficiency - making them eve ... more

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Maintenance sector ‘generates £55 billion a year’, says research

According to new research from the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS), the building maintenance sector generates around £55 billion a year for the national economy. Their findings show that more than £1 billion a week is spent on the upkeep of existing building stock. And the study, which also looked at how maintenance relates to the overall value of buildings, found that this ... more

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IPAF reports reveal more than 1.1 million MEWPs in worldwide rental fleet

New research by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) shows that there are now 1,120,000 mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), also known as aerial work platforms (AWPs), in the worldwide rental fleet. This is up 8% from the previous year. The European MEWP rental market grew slightly in 2014 (+1%) and is estimated at approximately €2.6 billion, according to the IPAF European ... more

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One in three manufacturers losing sales because of non-compliant machines entering the market

Plant hire companies and plant operators need to step up to the plate and get involved in ensuring that their machines are properly CE marked and legal for use in Europe, manufacturers say.   The Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE), which represents manufacturers has said that one in three of its members is losing sales because of non-compliant machines entering the market. ... more

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Construction firms struggling with skills gaps, study finds

A new survey has found that the shortage of skilled construction workers is among the main concerns of building industry chiefs around the world. The research, by KPMG, showed that half of construction project owners had experienced difficulties with skills gaps. It is just one of number of issues facing the heads of building firms around the world, from failing projects to problems meeting budge ... more

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Plantworx Safety Innovation award win for Smart PAL

IPAF’s machine-readable Smart PAL Card (Powered Access Licence) has won the Plantworx Innovation Award in the Safety category for its innovative use of smartcard technology to help improve site safety. The Smart PAL Card can be used together with card readers fitted on machines which may be set to ensure that only correctly trained operators use equipment on site. Under the Plantworx Innova ... more

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Brick shortages threaten housing targets, warns FMB

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has warned that the increasing shortage of bricks and bricklayers will threaten future housing plans. Commenting on the results of the FMB’s latest State of Trade Survey for Q1 2015, Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “How to solve the housing crisis has been one of the hot topics during this General Election campaign and we welcome ... more

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