Safety Ladders News Roundup - August

Safety Ladders News Roundup - August

01st September 2014

Safety Ladders - LogoLadder safety hits the headlines on a regular basis here in Britain so we offer our readers 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 one kind or another.  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.

First up is the story of two fire fighters from Greater Manchester who are raising money for the When you Wish Upon a Star charity which helps children with life threatening injuries and their families.  Along with another volunteers and firefighter, Kevan Downey and David Cracknell will be climbing 8,848 metres which is the height of Mount Everest.  In the absence of a world class mountain in Manchester, climbers will have to scale a 13.5 metre ladder more than a thousand times in six hours.  Here at Safety Fabrications, we wish the fund raisers every success in their endeavours.

On a more serious note, Councillor Steve Holgate has offered to cut down a tree outside the house of an elderly resident in Chorley.  Jeff Potter, a 67 year old stroke victim has been asking for the tree to be cut down as it continuously leaves his driveway and car covered in berries, blossoms and leaves, on one occasion damaging the windscreen of the car.  However, Lancashire County Council is refusing to remove the tree as they deem it not worth spending the money on.  Councillor Holgate has said “I’ll get up a ladder to prune this tree myself” – let’s hope that the good Councillor has had the necessary ladder safety training before beginning his mission.

A 72 year old North Haven man suffered life threatening injuries after falling from a 22 foot ladder last week.  He was trimming a tree on his property when he fell.  A neighbour called the emergency services who arrived to find the man unconscious and he was rushed to hospital to be treated for his injuries.

Thames Valley Police are warning householders and tradesmen to carry ladders on the roof of their vehicles to beef up security following an incident in which thieves used oil to slip ladders off the roof of a van in Blackbird Leys.  Despite the ladders being locked and chained, the ladder clamps were greased in order to prevent any noise alerting nearby residents to the theft taking place.

And, tragically, a window cleaner lost his life in County Tyrone after falling from a ladder.  The man in his fifties was cleaning the windows of a house in the village of Dromore when he fell.  The man has been named as Patrick Garrity, a popular resident of the area and the Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident.

Meanwhile in Norfolk a man in his forties suffered back and wrist injuries after falling from a ladder in Lower Bodham near Holt.  Emergency services were called and the man was airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where his condition is stable.