Safety Ladders News Roundup – August, 2018
Ladder 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 features a range of news stories from the past month that deal with ladders of all types. It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here.
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Our first story is actually an update on a story that we featured in last month’s news roundup in which Chichester firefighters planned a ladder climbing event to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity. Two ladders were pitched against scaffolding so that firefighters could spend six hours climbing the equivalent of the height of Mount Everest, 17,696 metres! The event raised more than £2,000 and was supported by local residents to become a resounding success.
Firefighters in Workington were mobilised to help a man who fell from a ladder and onto a boat at the Prince of Wales Dock. Crews managed to lift the man off the boat using a stretcher and hand him over to paramedics who took him to West Cumberland Hospital where he was treated for injuries which were not life-threatening.
Meanwhile, a ladder was necessary to undertake a daring rescue operation in central Norwich. An unconscious lady was discovered on the roof of the Castle Mall, resulting in firefighters being called to the rescue. The lady was in a precarious position and an aerial ladder platform was used to bring her down to a position of safety, all the while watched by commuters in cars and buses that were stuck as the road was closed during the morning rush hour.
A video of a two year old successfully climbing an “unclimbable” safety ladder and reaching a swimming pool has gone viral. The toddler’s parents watched in horror as little Cody climbed the steps leading to the pool, despite access to it being locked. The video was uploaded to Facebook as a timely warning to other parents who have bought the same “unclimbable” safety ladder for their pools.
A ladder featured as a weapon in a bizarre incident involving a naked brawler in Oxford which was heard at Oxford Crown Court in August. A Spanish national, Juan Jiminez was tried (in his absence) for an assault against his landlady’s son. It seems that Jiminez arrived home one night with a lady visitor, despite the strict rules of the house where he rented a room. The two disappeared into his room where they enjoyed some rather noisy love action. The landlady actually knocked on the door which resulted in foul language followed by Jiminez appearing, stark naked and attacking her son, whose partner grabbed a stepladder and used it to beat off Jiminez, who was later arrested and found guilty of assault by beating.