Safety Ladders News Roundup

Safety Ladders News Roundup

01st April 2014

With ladder safety in the news on a regular basis here in the UK, we’re starting a new, regular news roundup blog for safety ladders.  Once a month, one of our blog posts will focus on some of the news stories coming out that deal with ladders of all types.  This is our first news roundup and 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 man was airlifted to hospital on March 26th after falling from a ladder and suffering a fractured left arm.  Serious chest pains led to the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) being called.  The unnamed man was given advanced pain relief by critical care paramedics and immobilised before being flown to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire.

At the beginning of March a 59 year old woman suffered head, back and pelvic injuries when she fell from a ladder at a house in the market town of Daventry.  Two days later it was the turn of a man in Bishop Auckland to need help from the Great North Air Ambulance service.  After falling from a ladder, the 55 year old was treated for severe leg injuries and then taken to hospital by road when he’d been assessed and stabilised.

A police constable in Reading made a surprise discovery after climbing up a ladder to investigate a suspected burglary.  After following up on a 999 call about noise in a flat on Tilehurst Road, the police officer heard two voices and the sound of a TV coming from inside but could not get an answer when he knocked.  When the police checked at the rear of the building, a window was open and bushes underneath had been crushed as if somebody had fallen there.  After radioing the police station for a ladder, the officer climbed carefully up to the open window.  Inside, he discovered a heroin dealer’s production line – the flat was sealed and a forensic team brought in to investigate.

International news reports tell the story of construction worker, Curtis Reissig who was trapped by flames that were rapidly consuming a building he was working on in Houston, Texas.  With the flames getting closer to his position on an outside balcony, Curtis swung himself off the edge and leaped to the balcony below.  As fire-fighters moved closer with a rescue ladder, Curtis eventually practically jumped onto the ladder just in the nick of time.   Video footage shot by office workers in a building opposite shows the building collapsing in flames as the ladders with Curtis and a fire rescue worker being swung out of the way.  The dramatic scenes can be viewed on YouTube (http://youtu.be/Cg9PWSHL4Vg) and demonstrate how sometimes you just have to throw caution to the wind when using ladders.

Our final news item is also international in flavour and reveals that Nepal is considering installing ladders on the vertical cliff that is the final obstacle climbers have to overcome when scaling Mount Everest.  The plan is part of a package designed to prevent overcrowding on the popular peak.