News Roundup - April 2015

News Roundup - April 2015

07th May 2015

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.  Please join in by adding your comments below the regular news roundup postings.

A Cumbria man was airlifted to hospital after a fall from a ladder at his home.  The 50 year old suffered severe head injuries and was treated at the scene by North West Ambulance Service paramedics before being transferred to hospital.

Meanwhile, in Wrexham, a man braved smoke and flames to save a neighbour from a burning apartment.  The blaze started at 1 am as a result of food left unattended in a cooker.  The neighbour was in bed watching television when he heard the neighbour calling for help.  The quick thinking Samaritan had a ladder on his roof and used it to rescued the neighbour and his Alsatian puppy.

Still on the subject of fires, Cambridge Fire Station’s only high-reach turntable ladder has broken down leaving Cambridge without a high reach aerial capacity until it is repaired.  This has led to anger among local firefighters and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) claims that Cambridgeshire fire chiefs “ignored the professional concerns of frontline firefighters about the serious unreliability” of the appliance.  The Combined Aerial Appliance is an experimental vehicle which is supposed to combine a fire engine with a high reach aerial ladder.  There is a similar appliance just 30 minutes away in Bury St Edmunds, however that one is also currently broken down and has been out of service since May last year!

On a lighter note, the Jacob’s Ladder annual music festival is due to take place in Israel and will span 3 days from May 14th.  With a diverse range of bands from across the world due to play, organisers are expecting a great turnout for the increasingly popular family oriented event.

Recent reports reveal that every year more people are killed at work that in wards.  In 2014, more than 20,000 people in the UK died as a result of illness and injuries they suffered at work, many of the deaths the result of slow and painful diseases such as cancer and mesothelioma.  It’s been claimed that the government made it harder for victims to pursue claims against their employers and funding for the HSE was effectively slashed by more than 40%. 

International Workers Memorial Day took place on 28th April, a day intended to serve as a rallying cry to “remember the dead, but fight for the living”.  Unions and trades councils mark the day by campaigning on the general theme of demanding better regulation, an increase in inspections and “an end to the anti-healthy and safety rhetoric from the government and press”.  With a general election taking place this week, perhaps the next government will do a better job of taking the issue of health and safety in the workplace more seriously.