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Create a safer working environment with these three vital steps

Over the last two years, 5.5 million working days have been lost due to non-fatal workplace injuries. Even though construction site safety has improved over the years, it clearly remains a critical challenge for the industry. 

Bradley Markham, director of Bull Products, a manufacturer of life-saving fire protection equipment, shares the three vital steps that health and safety professionals should take to ensure a safer working environment.  

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MP's inquiry hears oral evidence on falls from height

The recently formed APPG on Working at Height held an oral evidence session as part of its inquiry into the number of serious injuries and fatalities which occur as a result of a fall from height. The APPG, which is chaired by Glasgow Central MP Alison Thewliss and supported by PASMA, were delighted to welcome over a dozen leading figures in working at height, including two survivors of a fall from height.

MPs David Hanson and Alison Thewliss, took part in a wide ranging discussion about the key issues for preventing falls from height. Ranging from education, culture, planning and the greater use of technology.  

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Financial services broker expands coverage in Lincolnshire with key appointment

Financial services broker, Midlands Asset Finance (MAF), has bolstered its presence in Lincolnshire by appointing a new relationship manager in the region.

Based in Lincoln, Tom Gawne has joined the business to support SME and major corporate clients in Lincolnshire and the East Midlands with any asset finance, invoice finance or property funding.

Working in the Lincolnshire area for the last ten years, Tom joins MAF from SME Banking, Lloyds Banking Group, where he spent a total of eight years as a commercial manager, looking after a portfolio of clients and providing loan and overdraft solutions.

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SkyWalk’s safety system is a towering success

The SkyWalk at Blackpool Tower is an impressive 380ft high, glass viewing platform. The floor is five centimetres thick and from the platform there are spectacular views into the Irish Sea and over the famous Blackpool Promenade. It is the highest observation deck in North West England.

Visitors can look right through the glass below their feet for an exhilarating sense of how high they actually are. To make sure they can enjoy this to full effect, the floor of the platform has to remain transparent with the underside being cleaned at least twice a year.

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ASFP announces CPD seminar in Scotland

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection (ASFP) will be holding the next in its series of regional CPD seminars in Perth, Scotland on 25 April 2018. The free-to-attend seminar aims to improve awareness of passive fire protection and help delegates to understand the vital role of compartmentation in maintaining fire safety in buildings. 

Arranged in collaboration with Aviva Insurance and Local Authority Building Standards Scotland, Understanding Passive Fire Protection provides an introduction to the types of passive fire protection systems found in buildings and explains the importance of the correct specification, installation and maintenance of all such systems. 

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MSA raises the safety bar with next generation technology at the NEC

MSA’s eagerly anticipated attendance at the Health and Safety Event (NEC, Birmingham, 10-12 April) will be its first exhibition at a major event since its acquisition of Latchways plc in 2015 doubled its global fall protection business. MSA has used this time to grow and expand its offering, cementing its place as one of the largest and most innovative providers of highly engineered fall protection systems in the world. 

MSA’s attendance provides the perfect opportunity to experience first-hand how its simplified state of the art engineering solutions can minimise risk in complex modern worksites. As well its market-leading fall protection, MSA will be also be showcasing next generation gas detection and fire safety technology. 

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Work to begin at new Aldi supermarket in Loughborough

Just three months after being granted approval by Charnwood Borough Council’s planning committee, works are finally set to begin on a second Aldi Supermarket in Loughborough.

Residents have been waiting over 18-months for verification on the go-ahead of the Allendale Road scheme, but now the wait is finally over.

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You can now buy Skyline online

Did you know you can now buy Skyline Aluminium Fascia & Soffit on the Rainclear website www.rainclear.co.uk?

Rainclear are known as the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems and continue to add to the ranges they offer on their ecommerce website where you can pay securely with PayPal or credit card. In addition to the unrivalled range of metal rainwater systems in cast iron, aluminium, Galvanised Steel, Copper and Zinc you’d expect to find on their site, you will also find cast iron soil pipes, roof drainage products, water butts and rainwater diverters, capping and coping solutions.

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Record year for Mobile Mini

Mobile Mini, a leading hirer of portable site accommodation and secure storage containers, has reported record results for its UK business.

Mobile Mini’s turnover reached £66.6 million during the 12 months to December 2017, an 11.3 per cent increase on the previous year.

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New Safetrak for faster equipment inspections

With Brady's new Safetrak, time consuming paper based equipment inspections can become a lot faster. Planning, inspecting and reporting can be streamlined, customised and largely automated in the Safetrak app to save time.

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Top tips to improve your Construction lock-out tag-out programme

Having a lock-out tag-out programme is extremely important in all construction trade companies, in order to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off once work is complete. The procedure is also used to ensure that machines are unable to restart prior to the completion of work. To keep this procedure as up to date and therefore as safety conscious as possible, there are some tips to consider: 

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