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Steel Fabricator CMF Ltd has been ordered to pay more than £200,000 following the death of a scaffolder crushed by a falling concrete block in London four years ago.   Former City worker Richard Laco, 31, from Hendon lost his life when a stair landing he was hoisting plummeted 20 feet, dragging him into its path. 

Ely, Cambridgeshire UK-based Avontus Software recently launched its new virtual reality app, Scaffold VR, which works in conjunction with its Scaffold Designer software. Scaffold VR provides a walk-through of Scaffold Designer-created designs, and it enables users to view and share these designs in 3D virtual environment. Co-workers and customers can use the app to view drawings on their office workstations as well as on their mobile devices in the field, providing an interactive experience that clearly demonstrates what a user is offering customers and that their requirements are met; while showing the scaffolders the scaffold they will build.

Following the tragic death of three year-old Freddie Hussey, the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) is launching a new campaign highlighting the importance of trailer safety. Freddie was killed in 2014 when a two-tonne trailer uncoupled from a Land Rover and careered on to the pavement. 

Last week, (8 November) the Government announced that anyone caught using a hand-held mobile phone while at the wheel of a car would be fined £200 and receive six points on the licence – a doubling of the existing penalty.

Scaffolding Associaiton members shortlisted in 3 categories at the annual Construction News Specialist Awards!

The Sentencing Council is publishing updated guidance for courts about the process that should be followed when deciding whether offenders should be given community or custodial sentences. At the same time, it has launched a consultation on its proposed sentencing guidelines for judges and magistrates when they are dealing with offenders who have breached court orders.

A major £35 million package to boost the uptake of ultra-low emission cars and scooters has been unveiled by Transport Minister John Hayes.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has on 30 September announced proposals to remove some ‘dangerous’ heavy goods vehicles from the city’s roads by 2020 – in a bid to encourage cycling in the capital.

Two Scaffolders Receive Suspended Prison Sentence Following Workers Death

Two scaffolders from St Austell, Cornwall have received suspended prison sentences following a death of a worker who fell 7m to his death.

The Secretary of State for the Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed 6 non-executive director Board appointments to the Health and Safety Executive.

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