Safety Ladders News Roundup – April 2017

Safety Ladders News Roundup – April 2017

03rd May 2017

Safety ladders is an issue that makes concern on a regular basis here in Britain. Every month we scour the internet for news on ladders so that we can keep our readers up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders and access equipment. It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here.  Please join in by adding your comments on our Facebook Page or by tweeting to us on Twitter.

Our first story concerns an incident at Livingston North train station 15 miles from Edinburgh.  It seems that four youths tied a ladder to a railway line and when the next Edinburgh train came along the track the driver was unable to stop in time and the train rolled over the ladder, causing some superficial damage to the tracks.  The ladder was severely damaged but police say the incident could have been much more serious as the ladder could have been thrown onto the platform and hit somebody or, the train could have even derailed.  British Transport Police have shared photos of the ladder on social media in a bid to trace the culprits.

An urgent message to tradesmen householders and DIY enthusiasts has been issued in a bid to recall 32,000 telescopic ladders which failed to meet basic safety tests.  Trading Standards tested 13 ladders (which manufacturers claimed comply with safety standards) with not a single ladder passing the tests.  One ladder snapped in two when tested by Trading Standards officials and none would withstand normal wear and tear, presenting users with a heightened risk of an accident.  The ladders have been a popular purchase due to the fact that they fold away so small that they are easy to store and transport. 

Meanwhile a hapless young man from South Wales came a cropper on popular ITV television show Britain’s Got Talent.  Marketing manager, Kieran Beattie shocked the audience with his ladder balancing act.  He set the stepladder on fire and promptly attempted to balance it upside down on his forehead, failing miserably.  The show’s safety crew rushed to put out the flames with fire extinguishers before they could spread.  Judges stared on in disbelief as Kieran’s act bombed in a spectacular manner.  This was not so much a case of idiots on ladders as ladder on idiot!

Our final news item this month is on a more serious note.  A London man in his seventies died after falling from a ladder whilst working on his house near Penge East station.  James Lappin had gone to the top of the ladder and then climbed down as far as the first floor where he leaned over, trying to jump onto the ledge of the building when he slipped and fell.  Despite receiving CPR from a neighbour and passers-by, followed by the swift arrival of paramedics, the elderly gentleman was pronounced dead at the scene.