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IPAF analysis reveals delivery drivers most at risk from MEWP accidents

2 July 2013 Email this article

Analysis of data collected through IPAF's accident reporting scheme has revealed that delivery drivers are most at risk of being involved in accidents involving MEWPs, and should be the focus of training delivery programmes. Up until 30 April 2013, a total of 303 MEWP-related incidents had been reported by IPAF UK rental company members, involving either their own employees or those of custome ... more

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Kent grandfather dies after plunging through skylight

2 July 2013 Email this article

The HSE has prosecuted two companies following the death of a Kent father and granddad, who died after plunging six metres through a fragile skylight because safety measures were neglected both by his employer and a major drinks wholesaler, on whose site they were working. Robert Rogers, 61, was working for Richard Parker, trading as Ovenden Engineering, which had been contracted by Allied Dome ... more

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Haulage company fined after worker's fall

2 July 2013 Email this article

A haulage company, LE Jones Ltd, has been fined after an employee sustained injuries falling from a wooden pallet carried on a fork lift truck. The worker, who does not want to be named, suffered serious fractures to both his heels when he fell two metres while carrying out repairs to a lorry trailer unit on 22 February 2011. The employee was asked to repair a high level tear in the curtain ... more

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Worker paralysed after roof fall

2 July 2013 Email this article

A site supervisor has been fined after a colleague was left paralysed following a ten metre fall from the roof of a Tyneside Warehouse. Phillip Giles, who was a temporary employee, fell from an unprotected and fragile roof after the site's supervisor, Paul Burke, ignored his own company's safety policy and allowed workers to go onto the roof in order to remove cement sheets when gaining access ... more

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Wigan worker falls through sports hall roof

2 July 2013 Email this article

A Wigan-based roofing firm has been fined after an employee was seriously injured when he fell ten metres through the roof of a school sports hall in Chorlton, Manchester. Lee Byrne, 29, was working on a project to replace the raised roof on the sports hall at Loreto High School in Chorlton with a flat roof when the incident happened on 9 November 2011. His employer, K Pendlebury & Sons ... more

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Access gets arty in East London

1 June 2013 Email this article

While you might not associate access equipment with art, recent activity in East London means that might be set to change, after internationally recognised street artists used Facelift equipment to get to the height they needed to paint striking murals on high walls in Dalston and Shoreditch. As covered in a previous issue of High Times, iconic street artist Thierry Noir has brought his talent f ... more

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Niftylift bags two Queen’s Awards

1 June 2013 Email this article

We’re big fans of access manufacturer Niftylift, so we were delighted to learn that they have been chosen to receive not one but two prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise, in the Innovation and International Trade categories. The Innovation award is granted to businesses that can prove that they have achieved commercial success through the design, development and manufacture of pi ... more

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Man falls through pig shed roof as he installs solar panels in York

1 June 2013 Email this article

 A solar panel installation company in York has fallen foul of the HSE after one of its employees fell four metres through the fragile roof of a pig shed at an East Yorkshire Farm. In just his second week working for Solar Fit PV Ltd, the man, who had no experience in solar panel installation, was on all fours cutting rails for the panels when he heard a crack and the roof suddenly gave way. ... more

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Scaffolder prosecuted after neglecting vital safety measures

1 June 2013 Email this article

A man from Camborne has been prosecuted by the HSE for neglecting vital safety measures that put himself, his employees and passing members of the public at risk. Truro Magistrates' Court heard this month that an HSE inspector saw workers without harnesses or lanyards working on scaffolding with no edge protection at a property in Camborne, in March 2012. The Inspector issued an immediate Prohi ... more

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Two men arrested in crackdown on card scheme criminals

1 June 2013 Email this article

Two London men were arrested on suspicion of fraud relating to the CITB’s Health Safety and Environmental (HS&E) tests and CSCS card schemes this month. The arrests, made in Ilford and Seven Kings, were the result of close working between the local neighbourhood policing teams, Immigration Officers, Environmental Health Officers and CITB’s Corporate Investigators. Both men were ... more

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