Safety Ladders And Equipment – Have They Weathered The Storms?

Safety Ladders And Equipment – Have They Weathered The Storms?

08th January 2014

Christmas 2013 saw most of the UK suffering from some of the worst weather imaginable – flooding in particular caused mayhem across the country as rivers burst their banks flooding the surrounding countryside.  The flooding was harsh and unforgiving, leaving millions without power over the festive season and preventing so many of us Brits from travelling to spend the holiday with family.  Evacuation from homes into temporary accommodation spoilt Christmas for so many families and, just when we thought the bad weather was about to subside, things actually got worse.
Waves Crashing against rocks
Storms and high tides battered the UK coastline and caused some of the worst damage we’ve seen in years.  The media (broadcast, print and online) was full of images of huge waves crashing over defence walls in seaside towns around Britain and causing serious damage to homes and businesses.  We’ve all seen the shocking photos of sea walls and coastal roads demolished by the rising tides.  Promenades have been ripped apart with huge chunks of paving stones flung around, benches uprooted and buildings flooded.  In many places the sea deposited pebbles and sand across roads and walkways rendering them totally impassable.

Business owners in coastal (and inland) flood damaged areas now face the challenge of clearing up the premises and repairing the damage inflicted by the cruel seas and floodwaters.  Safety ladders, access ladders and access equipment will need careful checks to ensure that the storm damage has not affected their ability to provide adequate protection to those who will need to use them.  Even though all this safety and access equipment has been designed to provide the maximum safety possible and to stand up to inclement weather conditions, they will need careful inspection in order to make sure these recent storms have not damaged their integrity.

Large slabs and boulders have been rolled around some of our coastal buildings, smashing windows and bending metal fixtures and railings.  This means that businesses that have been damaged by the weather are particularly at risk.  Railings, access steps and other safety equipment will need undergo close inspection to ascertain that they are still safe to use or that they still perform the risk minimizing services that they were intended to.

The clean up job will be tough and unpleasant for most business owners in the UK as they struggle to ensure that their premises are made fit for purpose.  Any stairs, ladders and railings should really be checked by professionals to ensure that they have not been weakened in any way by the recent storms.  Whether these items are long-term fixtures or bespoke safety fabrications, the only way for owners to be sure that they will still function effectively is to have them checked thoroughly.  This may be a worrying prospect (especially if there’s a likelihood that repairs or replacements will be necessary), but it’s a job that cannot be avoided.
 
If you’re a business owner and your premises have been affected by the recent storms and flooding, call in the professionals to make sure all your buildings and safety equipment get a thorough health check and you’ll have the peace of mind you need to face the new year with confidence.