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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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New confined spaces course launched

10 August 2014 Email this article

Facelift’s Health and Safety offering continues to grow, with the most recent addition to its portfolio being Confined Spaces training. From August, we will be providing a full suite of training on this topic to customers, from a one-day awareness course, to a more detailed three-day course for supervisors. The course comes in response to the growing number of injuries and fatalities in c ... more

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Tips for managing MEWPS from IPAF

10 August 2014 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has produced a new guide to help rental companies and contractors manage MEWPs safely – “Management of MEWPs – Good Practice for Rental Companies and Contractors. While it was produced in response to calls for guidance on managing “large and complex” MEWPs, they key principals of good MEWP management are relevant to ... more

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One in six construction sites fail to prevent health risks

10 August 2014 Email this article

Despite the risks being well-known, there’s clearly more work to do on getting the health and safety message out there. A crackdown on building site health risks by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has resulted in enforcement action being taken at one-in-six of the sites visited. During a concentrated two-week period of proactive inspections, the HSE demanded improvements and in s ... more

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CPC Courses – Time is running out!

10 August 2014 Email this article

Time is running out for drivers who haven’t completed their CPC courses yet. 10 September 2014 is the final date for HGV drivers to complete the mandatory 35 hours training in order to meet the approved Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (Driver CPC) training. Whether they’ve been in the industry for twenty years or two weeks, all professional drivers of vehicles of more th ... more

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Sky’s the limit - Facelift invests in 24 new Skyjacks

10 August 2014 Email this article

Always looking for ways to get on the up – we’ve recently invested in 24 new 8m Skyjack scissor lifts in order to meet customer demand.   Discussing the acquisition, our new MD Paul Standing said: “The economic recovery is breathing new life into our sector and we’re finding demand is close to pre-recession levels. We want to ensure we have the best kit available, and ... more

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HSE halts work at Dawn French’s mansion after safety fears

10 August 2014 Email this article

The HSE has issued a prohibition notice to workers carrying out restoration work at Dawn French’s mansion after a worker was seen dangling from scaffolding, 60 feet above rocks.  The HSE served the notice after a passer-by alerted them to the unsafe working practices taking place at the site. Builders could be seen climbing over scaffolding poles at Point Neptune House in Fowey, Cornw ... more

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Construction on the up 7.4% says Glenigan

10 August 2014 Email this article

Latest figures from Glenigan, a construction industry specialist, forecast a 7.4% rise in construction activity over 2014. Its 2014 Mid-Year Construction Review and Forecast also predicts a growth in construction targets – with figures revised upwards from 4% earlier this year. In addition, output during the first four months of 2014 climbed 6.2% from a year earlier to £38.7 billion ... more

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IPAF celebrates half a million PAL Cards

10 August 2014 Email this article

IPAF has announced that there are now over half a million valid PAL Cards worldwide, marking the success of IPAF’s voluntary, industry-led operator training program in keeping the use of powered access equipment safe.  “This is a tremendous success for IPAF members,” said IPAF CEO Tim Whiteman. “Our members created and launched the platform operato ... more

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