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  • Courts get tougher on safe working at height

    Three separate courts around the country have this week handed down heavy fines to contractors failing to keep employees safe during roof repair work. Cardiff magistrates ordered Essex-based company to pay more than £65,000 in fines and costs after two workers were spotted on a warehouse roof without adequate safety measures...

  • Apprentice scaffolder's 4m fall "could easily have been fatal"

    A 16 year old apprentice joiner fell approximately 4m from a scaffold platform, Sheffield Magistrates’ Court heard. On 6 September 2016, the apprentice who was working for a Scaffolding firm, was standing on a loading bay, passing roof tiles to a colleague who was working on the scaffold platform. He caught his...

  • Malvern set to start work on Birmingham’s tallest residential tower

    Malvern Scaffolding has been awarded the prestigious scaffolding package on the Left Bank Tower 2 project in Birmingham. Good news for Birmingham Positioned on one of Birmingham city centre’s busiest street the tower will become the city’s tallest residential building. Once complete the Left Bank project will provide 206 one, two and...

  • Scaffolding Spurs New Stadium

    GKR Scaffolding has been designing access solutions for this high profile project since April 2016 - from the demolition of the old stadium, right through to rebuilding the new. Solving Complex problems by design The stadium was still in use during phase one of the work, but the original staircases were being...

  • Working at Height Regulations: Ten Frequently Asked Questions

    At Leach's we are often asked about Working at Height Regulations and what are the implications and considerations for safety managers, safety executives and business owners (many of whom are scaffolders)? This post asks important questions and the responses will equip you with the knowledge you need to confidently stay...

  • Energy Absorbing Lanyards used in Restraint Applications

    Energy Absorbing Lanyards are tested and certificated to the European product standard EN355 EN355 looks at the strength and energy absorption properties of the lanyard. The requirements are; • The lanyard leg must be capable of withstanding a static load of at least 22kN (equivalent to 2,200kg) • The energy absorber must not...

  • How Much Weight Can Your Safety Harness Support?

    The safety harness you wear forms a crucial part of your safe system of work whilst working at height. A safety harness has one primary function and that is that it creates an anchorage point to the body as earrings and belt loops are not strong enough! In this article, we will...

  • Scaffold Anchor Testing

    The correct selection, installation and testing of Scaffold Anchor Ties is critical to the overall safety and stability of scaffold structures of all types.   In this article, we will cover the process of correctly testing scaffold anchors for strength and stability for for the normal use of scaffold structures. In all...

  • Emergency Evacuation and Rescue Plan for Scaffolding

      “Work at Height Regulations 2005” require all employers /employees who work at height must have provisions in place for quick and easy evacuation and rescue in the event of an accident or emergency. An important part of the suspension phase in any fall is rescue, either self rescue or by...

  • Tethered Tools Working at Height

    Why do i need to tether my tools when i'm working at height? In the UK, ‘being struck by falling objects’ was the highest cause of fatalities in the workplace (21 deaths) in 2011-2012, according to the HSE. It also contributed to 10% or 2,347 non-fatal but major workplace injuries in...

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