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PASMA responds to HSE prosecution after tower collapse causes worker to fall 8m

A recent prosecution at Glasgow Sheriff Court has highlighted both the human and financial consequences when work at height is not properly planned, designed and managed.

The court heard that on 2 September 2016, an employee of JR Scaffold Services Ltd, who was erecting a tower scaffold to carry out roof repairs, fell 8 metres after the cantilever section on which he was standing collapsed. According to reports, it left him hospitalised for two weeks, with severe injuries including a collapsed lung, ruptured spleen and multiple rib and shoulder fractures. It was five months before he could return to work and he will be on daily antibiotics for the rest of his life.

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CONSTRUCT launches two metre hardhat sticker campaign during COVID-19

The Trade Body for concrete structures has launched a campaign to help encourage 2m social distancing on construction sites across the UK.

CONSTRUCT’s bright hardhat stickers feature the 2m distance rule in order to embed new behaviours on site while social distancing measures are in place.

The stickers act as a visual reminder for operatives to keep them and those around them safe on site.

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Natural Zinc – now in stock – for next day delivery

Rainclear Systems, the UK’s leading stockist and online retailer of metal rainwater systems, has once again responded to the demand for its Natural Zinc Rainwater System by adding it to the huge ranges it stocks in its two warehouses in Swindon, for next day delivery to mainland UK addresses.

The Natural Zinc was only added to website, originally with a 15day leadtime, in April. The response has been such a success that they recognised the value to customer of having a shorter leadtime and so will begin stocking the range, in 115mm half-round profile gutter and 80mm diameter round downpipe, from the 5th July 2020.

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Leading work at height training centre re-opens adapted to “the new normal”

Leading work at height training provider, 3 Education has re-opened its doors in the wake of the UK’s Coronavirus peak, with strict safety polices adapting to “the new normal” – offering low number, socially distanced training courses to rigorously enforced safety policies. 

A thorough package of safety measures have been set up in the niche training facility in Westcott, near Aylesbury, specifically designed to protect course delegates and 3 Education employees in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak peak, as the construction sector tentatively returns to work. 

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New hand sanitiser station supports the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity

Biosite Systems Ltd has introduced a portable Hand Sanitiser Station for deployment on site in areas where hand washing facilities are not available or practical to install. Developed in response to the latest construction industry guidance* recommending enhanced hygiene procedures on site in the fight against COVID-19, the station provides a solution for operatives to access hand sanitiser gel quickly and easily. 

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