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Asbestos firm’s errors exposed workers to hidden killer

30 May 2014 Email this article

A specialist asbestos removal company has been fined after it exposed workers to dangerous fibres during demolition of a former school building. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) carried out an investigation of Angus Group Limited after inspectors visited them while completing a job at the site of the former Ermine Infants School in Lincoln and discovered a catalogue of safety breaches.  ... more

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Construction firm fined after worker’s roof light fall

30 May 2014 Email this article

A Sunderland construction firm has been fined after a worker was seriously injured when he fell three metres through a fragile roof light landing on the floor below. The 29-year-old, from Ryhope, was part of a team of workers employed by Brims Construction Ltd to carry out the refurbishment work in Newcastle, when the incident happened in September 2013. As a result of the fall he fractured two v ... more

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When don’t you need a CPC?

30 May 2014 Email this article

There are a few exceptions when drivers of heavy-duty vehicles. These are: If the vehicle the driver is driving doesn’t go over 45 kilometres per hour. If the vehicle is responsible for maintaining public order, such as fire engines and military vehicles. If someone uses a vehicle to complete a rescue mission. Is used as a lear ... more

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New drivers: What you need to know about CPC

30 May 2014 Email this article

Any drivers who have passed their test since 2009 now need to complete four different CPC training components in order to gain their LGV licence and Driver CPC. This includes: Part 1 - theory test (multiple-choice and hazard perception); Part 2 - Driver CPC case studies test. This is a computer-based exercise with seven studies based on real-life situations that dr ... more

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CPC Deadline fast approaching

30 May 2014 Email this article

The CPC, or ‘Driver Certificate of Professional Competence’ is an initiative that hopes to help keep drivers, and the public, safe by making regular training a mandatory requirement for any professional driver who drives a vehicle over 3.5 tonnes. All drivers, new and existing, must now undertake 35 hours of training every five years to ensure that their Driver CPC remains valid. This ... more

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New inspections guidance from IPAF will help keep equipment safe

30 May 2014 Email this article

The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has released new technical guidance on major inspections of MEWPs aimed at keeping equipment safe beyond the manufacturer’s design life.  The guidance document outlines a major inspection scheme to validate structural integrity and functionality of critical components of a MEWP. Such a scheme may be undertaken to determine if a machine ... more

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In a tight spot? Look no further for specialist confined space equipment

30 May 2014 Email this article

If you’re working in a confined space, specialist equipment is a must, and any equipment selected must be designed to help, not hamper the rescue and retrieval process. The Facelift Safety Shop now offers a full range of confined space equipment. For example, the Drager Saver PP – Emergency Escape Breathing Apparatus can provide up to 15 minutes of life-saving air in an emergency, ... more

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Sales for Facelift at Vertikal

30 May 2014 Email this article

VVB Engineering has ordered a 12.5m Ascendant van from Facelift in the wake of the Vertikal show, a specialist access equipment trade event held at Haydock Park on Merseyside.  The firm has also indicated that it intends to purchase a further five in the future, to be used on a current project to re-fit the tunnels at Heathrow.    Russell Woodward, UK Sales Manager said: “The ... more

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Coming soon: PASMA tower course for advanced users

30 May 2014 Email this article

After training a record number of over 65,000 people to work safely at height last year, trade body the Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (PASMA) has unveiled its latest training course, Towers for Riggers. Aimed at advanced users of mobile access towers, delegates on the course are taught to assemble and dismantle complex towers in configurations including towers with ... more

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Get competent with the CPA

30 May 2014 Email this article

The Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has published an industry guide to ensuring that plant operators are fully competent.  The guide, ‘Competence to Operate Construction Plant’ was produced with the backing of the Strategic Forum Plant Safety Group. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) were also involved in its production ... more

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