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We need to do more to crush the cowboys, say 80% of builders

2 June 2018 Email this article

Almost 80% of builders are calling for more regulation in the construction industry to end the tyranny of cowboy builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB). The FMB is calling on the Government to introduce a licensing scheme in construction as part of its new Agenda ‘Raising the bar: A post-Grenfell agenda for quality and professionalism in construction’. Discuss ... more

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What happened when engineers and RSPCA tried to rescue cat from 11k volt electricity pole

2 June 2018 Email this article

A cherry picker was once again called in to save the day last month when it was commissioned to form part of the rescue mission to save a cat apparently stuck up an electricity pole carrying 11,000 volts. Electricity engineers from Western Power Distribution cut the power and brought in a cherry picker and RSPCA officials to try to rescue the black cat from the 40ft pole in Exton Lane, Burle ... more

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Facelift Flashback: Photography from Facelift's birds' eye view makes it into Trafalgar Square Café

2 June 2018 Email this article

Facelift is regularly called upon to use its expertise in high-profile locations and this time five years ago, we were asked to assist with inspection and maintenance of the iconic Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square. On that occasion, we were also accompanied by photographer Mark Mercer, who came along to take birds’ eye view shots of the capital from the Bronto 61 we used. When the ... more

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Industry must take it upon itself to stop using combustible cladding, says Construction Industry Council

2 June 2018 Email this article

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has said that the industry should take it upon itself to stop using combustible materials in high rise cladding systems, regardless of any government bans, reports the Construction Index The Construction Industry Council (CIC), which is the forum for construction’s professional institutions, met after publication of the Hackitt review of buildi ... more

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More “death-wishers” from trade magazine Vertikal

2 June 2018 Email this article

In yet another addition to its shocking “death wish” series, Vertikal has published these photos, taken of work taking place in Sandy Row, Belfast, showing two men working at a height of around seven or eight metres with three long ladders and a bridge deck. The magazine’s writers pointed out: “While it might not look like it, the men are in fact working on the front of th ... more

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Contractors fined for carrying out unsafe asbestos removal work without a licence

2 June 2018 Email this article

Two contractors were sentenced last month after removing asbestos pipe lagging without taking the necessary precautions to reduce exposure to asbestos. Teesside Magistrates’ Court heard how the two contractors were carrying out refurbishment work at a residential property in Hamsterley, County Durham. Having removed the ceiling in back room on the first floor of the property, the co ... more

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Company fined after a scaffolder was injured in fall from height

2 June 2018 Email this article

A scaffolding company found itself sentenced for safety breaches last month after a worker fell approximately four metres while working on a fragile surface. Hull Crown Court heard how in May 2013 Acorn Scaffolding (Yorkshire) Ltd were carrying out the erection of scaffolding on a barn at Lockington Grange Farm Driffield. The injured worker fell four metres through a fragile roof light on an ... more

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Farming company fined after worker injured in fall from height

2 June 2018 Email this article

A Somerset farming company has been fined after a worker fell 3 metres from a silage clamp onto a concrete floor, sustaining life changing injuries. Yeovil Magistrates’ Court heard how Ian Stewart, a contract herdsman for Evercreech Park Farms Ltd, fractured two vertebrae in his neck and back, suffered nerve damage and was in intensive care for four days when he fell from an adjacent ... more

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Commonwealth Flags

A Facelift Niftylift HR17 has been used along The Mall in London to put up flags in time for the Commonwealth. “Upon providing the prestigious service delivery of flag flying on The Mall for important ceremonial events, it’s key that the right access equipment is used to provides us with the functionality to achieve and complete the task in hand. The Nifty HR17 has proven to meet and ... more

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IPAF identifies four top causes of accidents, and how to prevent them

29 April 2018 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has identified four key causes of accidents when working at height using Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) and how to prevent them. The four key areas identified were: -       Risky behaviour such as overreaching or leaning out of the platform, climbing on guardrails, tying gates open or overriding ... more

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