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Facelift on the up as it appoints new chairman and moves toward franchising

5 February 2014 Email this article

It was announced last month that Facelift has appointed industry heavy-weight Nigel Hunton as our non-executive chairman It is expected that Hunton - currently chief executive of MBA Polymers - will help steer the business during the next phase of its growth; overseas expansion and franchising. It is anticipated that in the UK, franchisees would penetrate the parts of the market not already cove ... more

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Facelift boosts Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) training offer

5 February 2014 Email this article

Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) is an initiative intended to drive up safety standards by making training a mandatory requirement. All professional drivers of vehicles more than 3.5 tonnes, whether veterans of the industry or new starters, must undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC remains valid. This periodic training covers the minimum req ... more

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Better accident reporting boosts statistics

5 February 2014 Email this article

More accidents are being reported by the powered access industry through IPAF’s voluntary programme. Preliminary results from the federation’s accident database reveal there were 53 fatalities world-wide involving aerial work platforms in 2013.   Causes of the fatalities included: Overturning (16), falls from height (13), entrapment (10), electrocution (7), impact with an aer ... more

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Overhaul of guidance to help 10 million working at height

5 February 2014 Email this article

An overhaul of guidance on working at height is being launched as part of the government’s plan to abolish or improve outdated, burdensome or over-complicated regulations which waste businesses’ time and money. It is estimated that more than a million British businesses and 10 million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some form of work at height every year, and falls ... more

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Zoom in on €1000 with the IAPA Photo competition

5 January 2014 Email this article

If you never go anywhere without your camera phone, why not enter the International Awards for Powered Access’ (IAPA) photography competition for the chance to win a cool €1000. A celebration of some of the fantastic sights witnessed by members of the powered access industry as they take a birds-eye view of the world around them, the competition allows anyone working in the field to sh ... more

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Construction skills shortfall puts 62,000 jobs on the line

5 January 2014 Email this article

A lack of young talent coming into the construction industry is threatening more than 62,000 jobs, according to new research released by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB). Their study shows that over two fifths (42%) of construction firms are struggling to recruit workers with the right skills and that this is having a serious impact on businesses up and down the country – wit ... more

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First ever spec for low-level work platforms produced

5 January 2014 Email this article

The British Standards Institute (BSI) has published a document which sets the industry standard for the design and use of low-level work platforms for the first time. These low-level work platforms (LLWPs) – also known as podiums and pulpits – have become everyday items of work equipment since the introduction of the Work at Height Regulations in 2005. The document from the BSI, ent ... more

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The writings on the wall: A year of safety posters from Facelift

5 January 2014 Email this article

Putting the safety of our staff and customers first is at the heart of all we do at Facelift, which is why we regularly create high-impact retro style safety posters to share with our customers. Our 2013 posters included everything from a ‘be safe, be seen!’ message in January and advice on how to avoid slips and trips in July to posters addressing the quite specific dangers faced by ... more

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Smart PAL Card from IPAF set to improve site safety

5 January 2014 Email this article

IPAF has launched a machine-readable Smart PAL Card (Powered Access Licence), available in different languages, which can be used to ensure that only trained operators can use mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) on site. The Smart PAL Card looks the same as the standard PAL Card, and contains the data stored on the card, such as the operator name, number and categories in which an operator is ... more

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Stay safe around asbestos with Facelift

5 January 2014 Email this article

Asbestos, once a widely used building material, is now known to cause everything from scarring of the lungs to fatal lung cancer. Subsequently, its use was banned in 1999. However, this ban does not mean that the danger has passed. Because the ban was only introduced in 1999, there is a risk that in any building built before this year (i.e. most of them) asbestos will be present, ready to be rele ... more

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