Safety Ladders News Roundup – February, 2018
Ladder safety is regularly in the news here in the UK so at Safety Fabrications we keep fully up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders so that we can provide our readers with a regular news roundup blog for safety ladders. Once a month, one of our blog posts deals with news stories from the past month that feature ladders of any kind. . It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here.
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Our first news item serves as a reminder to construction company owners across the UK how vital it is to comply with health and safety regulations. A Wilmslow-based construction company has gone bust after being fined £240,000 for health and safety breaches. The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive following an incident in which a worker suffered serious injuries when the first floor of the building he was standing on collapsed beneath his feet.
Next up is perhaps a case of “Elf and Safety Gone Mad” – a head teacher from a Dagenham school has banned pupils from “touching snow” on health and safety grounds! Ges Smith appeared on Good Morning Britain defending his decision, saying that a piece of grit or a stone in a snowball could cause eye injuries. What the kids are supposed to do when snowflakes land on them is anybody’s guess!
Some dramatic scenes in China where a fire broke out in a health spa when a sauna blazed out of control, causing customer to flee for their lives. The spa’s clientele have been featured in photos around the world as they climbed out of a first floor window and down a ladder – some totally naked (and needing to be pixelated) while others scrambled to wrap towels around them to preserve their dignity.
Meanwhile, back in the UK, a building company director was handed a suspended jail sentence for flouting health and safety regulations. Westminster Magistrates; Court heard that two men were removing panels on a fragile roof when one fell through to the floor 5 metres below. An investigation carried out by HSE discovered that their employer had failed to plan the work or carry out the work safely and the director who was personally in charge of the work had consented to unsafe working practices. The company was fined £9,334 and ordered to pay costs of £6,398 and the director sentenced to an eight week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months, with the director also being ordered to do 100 hours of unpaid work.
Our last item concerns another court case over a breach of work at height regulations, but this time it was the worker, rather than the boss who committed the offence. A 27 year old scaffolder from Lancashire was given a 6 month suspended prison sentence and 100 hours of community service (and ordered to pay costs of £615) after being spotted by a former HSE inspector who took a photo of the scaffolder working at a height of around 20 metres! Although the scaffolder was wearing a safety harness, he hadn’t attached it to the scaffolding, putting himself and others at risk.