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The New Personal Protective Equipment Regulation Explained

09 August 2018

The new Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Regulation (EU) 2016/425 began its transitional period in 2016 and is now set to be fully enforced.  These are the most significant changes to the PPE regulations since the introduction of the first Directive more than 20 years ago and they’re designed to improve ownership of those in the supply chain by clearly defining the legal obligation.  This will strengthen the product type approval process, improve market surveillance and increase the requirements on certain PPE categories such as hearing protection, due to the potential for life changing


Fixed Access Ladders

08 August 2018

Fixed access ladders are generally vertical ladders that provide access to the tops of tanks, silos and, sometimes, roofs.  Fixed ladders are generally used for access only and are not designed to act as working platforms.  If the fixed ladder is more than 9 meters high, then a rest platform is necessary.  These ladders can be particularly difficult to use, especially during inclement weather.  Fixed access ladders over 3m long should have some sort of fall arrest system in place to increase safety.  This will often be a safety cage of some sort in a specified shape and should be strength t


Design for Manufacturing and Assembly Models (DfMA) Driving Change in Construction

07 August 2018

Following the collapse of Carillion and last year’s Grenfell Tower fire, it’s obvious that the construction industry’s delivery model for building better quality housing on time and at speed needs to change.  There is a clear political will to see more homes built rapidly using modern construction methods, but the industry itself needs to display its commitment to adopting manufacturing style methods.  This could be through the use of a design for manufacturing and assembly (DfMA)-led model or through the production of unites in controlled factory conditions that are transported to site for


Construction Industry Cladding Issues

06 August 2018

As the construction industry here in the UK continues to focus on the review of cladding materials and their use in the aftermath of last year’s Grenfell Tower fire tragedy, there are several issues for the sector to consider.  The government has now approved the terms of reference contained in the Grenfell Tower public inquiry and these include:


Safety Ladders News Roundup – July, 2018

02 August 2018

Ladder safety is an issue that gives cause for concern on a regular basis here in Britain.  We at Safety Fabrications are dedicated to providing our customers with the safest equipment possible.  Every month we scour the internet for news on ladders so that we can keep our readers up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders and access equipment.  This is our news roundup offering for the month of July.  It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here. 



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