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Hewden takes fourth RoSPA award
UK rental company Hewden has been awarded gold in the RoSPA Occupational Health and Safety Awards for the fourth year in a row, making it the first plant rental company to achieve this record.
Learn from aviation safety culture says Studdert
Over 200 delegates at the IPAF Summit in Rome, Italy, heard NES Rentals chief executive officer Andy Studdert argue that the aerial platform industry needs to adopt a safety culture similar to that of aviation.
Showforce appoints Hewden for training
Hewden has been appointed as the sole accredited training provider for UK event crew provider Showforce.
Rental company fined for not providing familiarization
The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited One Source Equipment Rentals for lacking to provide familiarization and training upon delivery of equipment. As required in ANSI A92 standards, familiarization must be provided to users when equipment is provided for sale, rental or lease. Trained operators must also be familiarized on the specific equipment prior to use. According to sources, the user was also cited for lack of operator training.
Groundforce division launches VibroSafe quick-hitch adapter
Piletec has launched VibroSafe - a quick-hitch adapter for excavator mounted vibratory piling hammers.
New AWPT course for managers and supervisors
The International Powered Access Federation's North American subsidiary, AWPT, has launched a new aerial work platform (AWP) training course aimed at enabling supervisors and managers to prepare for and safely coordinate various types of AWPs on site.
Reactec calls for HAV safety shake-up
Hand arm vibration (HAV) safety specialist Reactec is advising companies to invest in constant HAV monitoring in order to meet health and safety requirements.
Vista Training acquires HeviCert
US-based Vista Training has completed the acquisition of HeviCert, a provider of heavy equipment operator training and certification worldwide.
Speedy wins UK nuclear supply contract
Speedy has won a three-year contract with the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) to supply lifting consumables to the nuclear processing sites at Sellafield, the 11 Magnox reactors, Dounreay and other locations.
Skanska UK insists on anti-crushing devices on booms
International construction and infrastructure company Skanska, headquartered in Sweden has announced that will only use boom type aerial work platforms on its UK sites that are equipped with anti-crushing devices.
Lavendon launches anti-crush device for booms
Lavendon Access Services has launched an anti-crush safety device for boom platforms. At the same time, a major UK contractor has said that all booms used on its sites from 3 January 2012 onwards will need to be fitted with crushing protection.
AFI crusades against crushing
UK rental company AFI-Uplift has developed the Sanctuary Zone - a steel structure that protects the machine operator from being crushed.
Terex and JLG work together on China safety initiative
Terex Corp and JLG/Oshkosh Corp are working together in China to promote safe working practices and to lobby the Chinese government about the benefits of modern access and mining equipment.
Speedy reviews future of advisory services division
Speedy is undertaking a strategic review of its new advisory services division following disappointing results for the six months to 30 September, said Speedy in its interim statement for the period.
IPAF to hold access conference in Chicago
The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) is holding its first-ever national event in the US this November 1-2 in Chicago. The "Powered Access: Recognition and Avoidance of Hazards" event will focus on current issues in the aerial lift and mast climbing work platform industry. This is a member and non-member event and the first IPAF has ever hosted in the US.
Hewden launches training division
Rental specialist, Hewden has launched a new customer training division, in which it offers a broad range of courses, covering topics including working at height, powered access, general health and safety, crane and plant operation and the safe use of hand held equipment.
Speedy offers 'lean site' consultancy to contractors
UK rental company Speedy has launched a site consultancy service, Lean Site, to advise contractors on how to operate efficient and lean onsite operations and reduce costs.
McArdle trials machine proximity alarms on M25 contract
Earthworks contractor and plant hirer McArdle is trialling the use of proximity alarms on machines working on a major contract on London’s M25 orbital motorway.
European body clarifies position on using cranes to lift people
The European association for materials handling equipment, FEM (Fédération Européenne de la Manutention), has issued a position paper that states that cranes should not be used for lifting people, except under exceptional circumstances.
ALMI block splitters pass emissions test
Independent test finds quartz dust emissions are within strict limits, even for eight hour cycles
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