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Accident log shows rise in mobile platform deaths

2 September 2013 Email this article

There were 28 fatalities worldwide involving mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs) in the first half of 2013, according to figures from the IPAF accident database. The number was 65% up on the same period last year, though this is likely to be because  more data was captured. While the main causes of fatalities were fairly evenly spread in the first half of 2012, the first half of 2013 s ... more

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Wedding venue celebrates finding access solution

2 September 2013 Email this article

When the Laughton Showground - a popular wedding venue - found using ladders to reach the highest spots of their venue when decorating areas for weddings or carrying out barn conversions tricky and time consuming, they came to us for an access solution.   After discussing their requirements, we realised the venue needed a compact piece of kit with a large platform area that can be driven at ... more

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More 'Elf and Safety excuses exposes by HSE

2 September 2013 Email this article

As part of its 'mythbusting' campaign, the Health and Safety Executive has released yet another batch of barmy 'elf and safety myths, in its drive to bring common sense back into decision making and to combat misuses of health and safety legislation. HSE's Myth Busters Challenge Panel was set up in 2012 to provide quick advice to people subject to ridiculous or disproportionate health and safety ... more

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New guidance to help with health and safety

31 August 2013 Email this article

The HSE has launched new guidance to help make it easier for larger organisations and businesses to understand how to manage health and safety. The completely refreshed and enhanced 'Managing for Health and Safety' guidance (also known as HSG65) is now available online at http://www.hse.gov.uk/managing/. The guidance aims to help business leaders, owners, directors, trustees and line-managers a ... more

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CITB announces plans that will make it 'fit for the future'

31 August 2013 Email this article

Ahead of its 50th anniversary, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced changes to its board that it hopes will make it 'fit for the future'. Chairman James Wates said: "The CITB board wishes to ensure that over the next decade the CITB remains relevant to the sector and of increased value in a changing world with an evolving economy,". Mr Wates continue ... more

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Construction firm fined after worker is seriously hurt in fall

31 August 2013 Email this article

A Newcastle-based construction firm has been fined for safety failings after an agency worker suffered serious arm injuries in a fall while working on a County Durham residential home. David Hammel, aged 55, has been left unable to resume his work as a joiner after sustaining the injuries after falling two and a half metres from a wall in July 2012. Consett Magistrates' Court heard that Mr H ... more

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Builder fined after worker suffers life-changing injuries in fall

31 August 2013 Email this article

A Leicestershire builder has been fined after a worker suffered multiple injuries when he plunged six metres while repairing a second floor window. The 50-year-old worker from Leicester, who did not want to be named, had been sub-contracted by Peter Steans to repair wooden window frames at a house in Hallaton, near Market Harborough in Leicestershire. He was working from a ladder extended to ... more

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Kent firm in court over building site "shambles"

31 August 2013 Email this article

An Ashford-based building company has been prosecuted for repeatedly failing to manage risks on a construction site and exposing workers to needless risk of injury. Canterbury Magistrates were told that concerns about the development site in Ramsgate, run by Ecobuild Homes Ltd, meant it had been visited by HSE Inspectors seven times in five months. The court heard that on one visit, Inspecto ... more

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PASMA cracks down on unsafe low level platforms with minimum safety standard

31 August 2013 Email this article

The Prefabricated Access Suppliers and Manufacturers Association (PASMA) has launched a new Publically Available Specification - PAS 250 - a new safety standard for the design of low-level work platforms (LLWPs). Sponsored by PASMA, facilitated by BSI Standards and published under licence from the British Standards Institution (BSI), that standard sets out the minimum safety and performance req ... more

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Introducing the RazaDeck 200

30 August 2013 Email this article

When one of our existing customers needed a non-powered platform to work on a floating production, storage and offloading (FPS0) unit, we knew we'd be able to find them the right piece of kit. And we did! The RazaDeck 200 is a 4 metre working height tower that doesn't require any building. The operator simply pushes it into place, locks the legs and pushes it up. It is lightweight and compact s ... more

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