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  • News: Winner of Idiot on Ladder picture competition announced
    idiocy demonstrated is always of a very high standard this year s winning photo was quite something showing a worker using three different ladders together to create a makeshift scaffold to enable him to reach the roof of a private residence Discussing this year s winning image Gary Chudleigh of the Ladder Association said This year s winning image is a prime example of how not to use ladders Wrong in every detail it simply serves to illustrate the need for proper ladder training Gone are the days when learning on the job is acceptable The risks are simply too great It also seems that strange ladder combinations are the in thing for our safety averse cousins across the pond too Vertikal magazine recently reported on a photograph send in by a reader which showed a man using a combination of two long ladders and a skid steer loader to reach the upper levels of a tree he was felling A little investigative work by Vertikal revealed that the photo was taken a year ago in the remote town of Mountain View Arkansas some distance due north of Little Rock in the Ozarks Apparently the local police were tipped off

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  • Latest Access Platforms News from Facelift - Page 2
    trustmark org uk and telephone helpline to find local firms and expert tradespeople to carry out their home imp more Read more FREE Facelift Access Safety Poster High Winds 2 February 2016 Email this article While as we know only too well in the UK you can t predict the weather you can take measures to ensure you re prepared for all eventualities Nowhere is this more important than in the construction sector where high wind speeds can render access equipment in particular unsafe Our poster urges customers to always ensure they re aware of the maximum wind speeds for the piece more Read more Firm fined after worker falls from scaffolding 2 February 2016 Email this article An East Anglian Scaffolding company was fined after a worker suffered severe injuries after he fell five metres from a scaffold Colchester Magistrates Court heard how 39 year old Mr Hemphill fell from the second lift of a scaffold as it was being dismantled Before striking the ground Mr Hemphill collided with the scaffolding twice before finally hitting the ground below He sustai more Read more Three companies fined after safety breach 2 February 2016 Email this article Three companies have been fined a total of 90 000 after a worker was seriously injured when he fell nearly six metres from a platform with unguarded rails in an incident in March 2013 Southwark Crown Court heard that the accident occurred as two workers accessed the top level of a unit which was to be dismantled as part of construction work at a site in Westferry Road London more Read more Company director fined after worker falls through skylight 2 February 2016 Email this article The company director of a sash restoration company has been fined for safety failings after a worker fell three metres through an unprotected skylight Salisbury Magistrates Court heard how on the in July 2014 an employee of the Sash Restoration Company Dorset Limited fell through an unprotected skylight while replacing sash windows on a large manor house breaking his wrist when land more Read more Loading and unloading focus from IPAF at bauma 28 January 2016 Email this article IPAF s stand at bauma 2016 taking place in Munich Germany during April will highlight the safe loading and unloading of mobile elevating work platforms MEWPs as an essential part of site operations Visitors to the stand N1115 in the outdoor area will benefit from demonstrations on how to load and unload MEWPs safely good practice information and findings from IPAF s acciden more Read more Thurrock Council appoints developer for 800m Purfleet regeneration 28 January 2016 Email this article Thurrock Council appoints developer for 800m Purfleet regeneration At its heart of the new town centre will be a film television and media village It will be the largest facility of its kind in Europe covering 600 000 square feet and the first purpose built studio complex in the UK in 50 years Employing around 2 000 people the

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    will be the tallest building in the world The Jeddah Tower also known as the Kingdom Tower will stand 1 001 metres high when complete London s Shard by comparison stands a mere 309 6 metre more Read more This is what happens without the correct safety measures in place 14 January 2016 Email this article While driving this driver must not have expected an accident that would transform his car into a convertible like state This footage captures the dramatic moment in the city of Ningbo in eastern China s Zhejiang Province as the car s roof was ripped off as it collided with iron rails that were hanging out from a lorry Thankfully the driver was uninjured in the accident Total disr more Read more Free Facelift Safety Poster Trapped 10 January 2016 Email this article The latest offering in Facelift s retro poster range warns of the danger of entrapment becoming crushed against an overhead object or wall This is a risk particularly associated with the use of Mobile Elevated Platforms MEWPs but can easily be prevented with a thourough risk assesment and the right training the PAL Course is for those that regularly work where there more Read more Construction Health Summit Safety has improved but not our health 10 January 2016 Email this article UK construction industry leaders are throwing their weight behind attempts to reduce the everyday health risks faced daily by construction workers Occupational disease still kills far more construction workers than site accidents something the inaugural Construction Health Summit which will be held in London on the 21st January 2016 hopes to tackle While much has been done over the years more Read more Red tape drive aims to ease rules for house builders 10 January 2016 Email this article A review of rules and regulations has been launched in a bid to reduce the barriers that get in the way of house builders developing more homes The Cutting Red Tape review launched last month is seeking the views of firms of all sizes about how easing bureaucratic burdens could help kick start productivity Following on from the Housing Implementation Task Force it will examine the experien more Read more We need industry to take card fraud seriously says Ian Sidney CITB Fraud Investigator 10 January 2016 Email this article The Construction Industry Training Board s CITB fraud investigator Ian Sidney has called upon the sector to do more to combat card fraud Speaking in the wake of a December episode of the BBC s Fake Britain which focused on fake cards in the construction industry he said that tackling the supply of fake cards was at the forefront of improving health and safety in t more Read more HBF and CITB launch new 1 million fund to train non construction employees 10 January 2016 Email this article The Home Builders Federation HBF and the Construction Industry Training Board CITB have joined forces to launch a new 1 million scheme to train

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    Southhampton London and Essex depots are all hoping to recruit new bu more Read more Builders take cherry picker on drink drive ride round city centre after Christmas party 9 January 2016 Email this article Two builders were suffering a hangover with a working at height twist in December after rounding off a drunken Christmas party by commandeering a cherry picker and driving it around Cambridge city centre using it to climb on high buildings Joshua Kerry 23 and Liam Laverick 25 took the cherry picker a crane with a basket for workers to access high areas from a site near the Corn Exchange more Read more Chimney Cherrypicker Cat rescue 9 January 2016 Email this article A cat was returned to its owners on Boxing Day after it got stuck up a chimney An appliance from the town s fire station was sent at the request of an officer who had been to assess the incident Due to the location of the cat in the chimney a cherry picker aerial ladder platform was also sent to assist Despite the difficult access the crews managed to rescue the cat and return it more Read more Prisoner rescued with cherrypicker from the top of a stadium light is treated for sun burn 9 January 2016 Email this article A prisoner who sent the Metropolitan Remand Centre into lockdown after a scaling a light pole has been coaxed down after more than nine hours Images of the shirtless man show him on top of a pole with arms outstretched next to a basketball court at the Ravenhall prison in Melbourne s west Dozens of gym mats were placed around the pole in case the m more Read more Metal company prosecuted after employee falls from height 9 January 2016 Email this article Manchester Galvanizing Ltd a manufacturer of coated metals was fined after an employee suffered a fractured foot and shoulder after falling three metres from a ladder into a drying pit Trafford Magistrates Court heard that an employee was working in the galvanising area when a metal post fell from the jig of an overhead crane and into a dryer The employee used a wooden ladder in an at more Read more Man fined for unlicensed removal of asbestos 9 January 2016 Email this article A Surrey man was fined for exposing the residents of a house in Putney himself and his assistant to asbestos Westminster Magistrates Court heard how the owner of a three storey town house in Putney was upgrading the central heating system of his home when his plumbers identified that the boiler cupboard is his loft was made of material they believed could contain asbestos The owner cont more Read more Businessman and construction contractor fined for safety failings 9 January 2016 Email this article A partner in a retail business and he construction company he contacted to do roof work have been fined for safety failings Portsmouth Magistrates Court heard how Alan Southwell had arranged for

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    UK from any one of our depots With a range of platform heights from 17 to 30 meters this means that along with our assortment of Nifty Lifts and Falcon Spiders Facelift now have the largest range of tracked booms in the UK the new machines include 4 x Mulitel SMX 170 2 x Mulitel SMX 225 2 more Read more Exiting safely at height 7 January 2016 Email this article IPAF has released updated guidance E2 on exiting the platform at height The document states that MEWPs are specifically designed to lift people to a position where they can work at height safely within the platform and that MEWPs are not designed for the purposes of transfer or exiting at height Hence people should only enter or exit the work platform at access positions at ground level or on t more Read more Crane boom down 7 January 2016 Email this article A crawler crane boom came down onto a barge from which another crane was working yesterday in West Palm Beach Florida The crane a classic Manitowoc crawler possibly a 4100 was one of three large crawler cranes working on the Flagler Memorial Bridge replacement over the Inter Coastal waterway and appears to have been extracting sheet piles The crane which has come down is owned by Ba more Read more Outrigger safety alert 7 January 2016 Email this article WorkCover Queensland has issued a safety alert highlighting the risks associated with inadequate support under outrigger feet particularly on poor ground The bulletin follows the fatal overturn of a 70 metre truck mounted lift in Brisbane December 2015 that killed photographer Chris Powell 41 and seriously injured his son Brendan 17 See fatal overturn in Brisbane The full more Read more Straddling the ladder 18 December 2015 Email this article Spotted in San Diego California a man quietly working on a window in the autumn sun while straddling his step ladder The scene is quite pastoral and reminiscent of a painter in the south of France He is of course at risk of the ladder tipping sideways and dumping him on his back and from a height of around two metres and his apparent weight he could well sustain a serious injury It i more Read more Date set for Construction Health Summit 18 December 2015 Email this article Construction industry leaders are throwing their weight behind attempts to reduce the everyday health risks faced by construction workers in their workplace The inaugural Construction Health Summit will be held in London on 21st January 2016 bringing together key players in the industry to address the fact that occupational disease kills far more construction workers than site accidents Whi more Read more A miraculous escape 18 December 2015 Email this article Two men survived a high speed collision with the counterweight from a foundation crane in Singapore on Wednesday The incident captured on a dash mounted camera shows the crane mast catching up on the branches of a tree

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    to be used by Liam Moloney Plant Hire Ltd after it had its own licence revoked in September Nick Denton traffic commissioner for London and southeast England said that Thomas Ryan was effe more Read more Debris sacks lobbed from the fifth floor 17 December 2015 Email this article Construction workers who lobbed sacks of rubble out of a fifth floor window landed their firm in the dock Coalville based JA Ball Ltd was contracted to refurbish former offices into flats at Allied Place 44 Abbey Street Leicester When workers were spotted chucking big bags of debris out of the window by officers in the police station across the road the Health Safety Ex more Read more Driver killed by badly strapped load 17 December 2015 Email this article Driver killed by badly strapped load A construction delivery driver was killed when a concrete panel fell from his lorry onto him Three companies have been prosecuted for safety failings that contributed to the incident and together must now pay out close to 500 000 in fines and costs Derby Crown Court heard last week how on 11th January 2011 Mr Travis Hale 45 was employed as a drive more Read more Platform becomes crane 11 December 2015 Email this article Spotted in Northern Ireland an electrical contractor using a self propelled boom lift as a crane to install a golf ball light on the sea front While this is not the correct use of a work platform an increasing number of platforms do offer a hook attachment option and to be fair there are no men in the platform of the UpRight AB46 which is doing service as a crane and the load is almost cer more Read more Friday shocker 11 December 2015 Email this article A picture currently appearing on Facebook is quite incredulous it shows a Niftylift HR12 on the forks of a loader shovel The compact boom lift is fully extended to reach a high outdoor light probably of around 18 to 20 metres But even with the loader shovel s boost the man looks as though he could use another half metre Perhaps he will stand on the guardrails next We are not sure whe more Read more Company fined after scaffolding blown over during dismantling 11 December 2015 Email this article A scaffolding company was fined after scaffolding hit a bus and pedestrians when it blew over during dismantling Leicester Magistrates Court heard how on 28 January 2015 Emperor Scaffolding Limited of Leicester was dismantling scaffolding on Charles Street when the incident occurred The scaffolding hit a bus landed on a parked van and hit two members of the public An investigation by more Read more Dutch build world s first 3D printed bridge 3 December 2015 Email this article The world s first 3D printed bridge is being made in the Netherlands using steel from ArcelorMittal Various steel wire rods from ArcelorMittal will be tested as the raw material for creating the footbridge

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    we used to help install the Christmas decorations at the city s iconic Albert Dock Among those attending were the Haigh brothers Gareth and Russell owners of Leeds based transport and heavy lift company C more Read more Guidelines aim to raise awareness of construction health risks 28 November 2015 Email this article New guidelines have been published in a bid to boost awareness of occupational health risks in the construction industry Put together by CITB the Construction Industry Advisory Committee ConIAC and the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health IOSH the guide aims to help the sector manage health risks more effectively In the construction sector the authors say that some of the main more Read more Safety officials hand out first notices under CDM 2015 rules 28 November 2015 Email this article Inspectors from the HSE are urging the refurbishment industry to tighten up safety procedures following a series of visits to sites across the country The safety officials found that of the 1 908 refurbishment sites visited during their one month push to improve safety nearly half 46 were below standard The inspections also saw many refurbishment contractors receive impr more Read more Free training tool launched for sustainable house building 28 November 2015 Email this article A free online training tool aiming to boost awareness of energy efficiency and sustainability in the house building sector launched last month The Supply Chain Sustainability Portal has been designed to equip construction workers at managerial level or above with skills in the latest sustainable practices Set up by the Supply Chain Sustainability School the project received funding from more Read more Construction site safety continues to improve 28 November 2015 Email this article Figures from the HSE show that the construction industry s safety record has improved dramatically over the past year A recent report from the body shows that the number of fatalities in the building sector has fallen from 44 in 2013 14 to 35 between 2014 and 2015 This latest figure is 20 below the five year average recorded since 2010 and a drop of more than half on th more Read more Skyjack president Brad Boehler to speak at the IPAF Summit in Madrid 28 November 2015 Email this article The International Powered Access Federation IPAF has announced that access and safety experts from Australia Canada Spain and the UK will speak at next year s IPAF Summit The event which will be held on the 17 March 2016 in Madrid Spain will be followed by the International Awards for Powered Access IAPAs dinner and awards ceremony Confirmed speakers for the IPAF Summit include more Read more Prison plans will boost construction jobs 28 November 2015 Email this article Nine new prisons are to be built across England and Wales as part of a 3 billion project that is expected to lead to a host of new jobs in construction Estimates suggest that each of the new institutions could cost from 270 million to 320

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    manage the risks to employees or visitors to the site Darlington Magistrates Court heard how Blue Diamond Engineering Limited was notified of the presence of asbestos materials during a survey carried out at the company s factory more Read more Facelift Brings Christmas to University of Sussex 27 November 2015 Email this article Facelift add the lights and finishing touches to the Christmas tree at the University of Sussex ready for Friday 4 December when all students staff and alumni are invited to join the Students Union as they turn on the Sussex Christmas tree lights on There will be complimentary mince pies and mulled wine along with Christmas songs and carols with the Sussex Choir and the Sussex Musical Theat more Read more Substandard scaffold led to church roof death 27 November 2015 Email this article A Castleford scaffolder has been ordered to do community service after a worker fell to his death from a church roof Walter Booth trading as WB Roofing fell to his death while carrying out repairs to the roof of Micklegate Methodist Church in Pontefract on 10th January 2015 A Health Safety Executive HSE investigation found the scaffolding edge protection provided by Wayne Morgan tra more Read more Fine for excavator misuse 27 November 2015 Email this article Time and again construction workers seek to work at height using machinery not designed for lifting people and time and again they get into trouble St Albans Magistrates Court heard this week how site manager Edwin Heaney raised up a colleague in an excavator bucket on a house building site on Loom Lane Radlett Hertfordshire The colleague just needed to cut a protruding piece of steel more Read more IPAF West London UK Regional Meeting 27 November 2015 Email this article IPAF is holding one of its UK regional meetings next Wednesday the 2nd of December evening in Old Windsor The meeting kicks off at 18 30 at the Beaumont Estate Hotel Burfield Road Old Windsor Berkshire SL4 2JJ with Brian Parker a group business development manager technical support who will discuss the latest initiatives from IPAF s UK Country Council on issues with ground conditio more Read more Spider Jockey 27 November 2015 Email this article Spotted by a reader in Australia a rental company taking a narrow spider lift through a gateway in a very cavalier way While the job is a fantastic example of what can be achieved with this type of spider lift the way in which the operator carries it out is fraught with danger Oblivious to this he was proud enough to post it online It would appear the operator is riding the more Read more New scaffolding guides published 26 November 2015 Email this article The National Access Scaffolding Confederation NASC has published seven revised and updated technical guidance TG and safety guidance SG documents These revisions have come as part of the NASC s commitment to refresh guidance on a five year cycle The four updated technical guidance

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