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'Record rise’ in construction job vacancies

According to figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of job vacancies available in the construction sector rose to 19,000 in the three months to February, an increase of 6,000 - or 46% - in year-on-year terms. However, despite these positive vacancy figures, the ONS has said that the industry is nowhere near its pre-recession levels just yet, with bad weather in January ... more

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Company in court after man falls from summer house roof

A business from Trowbridge has been fined for safety breaches after a worker suffered serious injuries when he fell from the roof of a summerhouse he was erecting in Christchurch, Dorset. Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court heard how the 25-year-old employee was constructing the large wooden summerhouse in a private garden with two other employees of Garden Affairs in October 2013. As he stepped ... more

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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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