Safety Ladders News Roundup – December, 2016
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 deals covers all of the news stories from the past month that deal with ladders of all types. This is the last News Roundup of 2016. Next week we’ll be taking a look back at the whole of 2016, what’s been happening in the construction industry and in the world of health and safety, a subject that is dear to our hearts here at Safety Fabrications. After all, we manufacture safe access solutions so safety really is the name of the game as far as we’re concerned.
A family run building company in Exmouth has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £8,600 after a teenage apprentice fell from a ladder and broke his back. 18 year old Kieron Saxton was the company’s first hired employee and was combining practical work with a college course. The youngster had received no formal academic training in health and safety before the accident and fell about seven foot from an unsecured ladder, suffering two fractured vertebrae. Luckily for the teenager, he has not been left with any permanent injury and was able to return to work three months after the incident. The building company owners, Lee Muir and his son, Jonathan were approached by the Skills Agency regarding taking on an apprentice and did so out of a sense of social responsibility. Both men admitted their guilt and cooperated fully with the investigation, having already paid the HSE towards the cost of the inquiry. They now use only scaffolding for access and both expressed extreme regret about the accident.
In another fall from a ladder incident, a famous Ukrainian artist, Zoia Skoropadenko was using a ladder to hang her images of octopi at an exhibition in Brussels. As she climbed the ladder to hang one of the paintings, the ladder slipped away from under her. Luckily, the canvas she was holding broke her fall and she was not injured and carried on with her preparations for the exhibition. You can view a video of the fall here.
Police in the West Midlands appealed for information to help with a murder investigation following the tragic death of Lisa Skidmore at her home in Bilston. Lisa was discovered by paramedics after emergency services were alerted to a fire by neighbours. It transpired that Lisa died as a result of strangulation and a murder investigation was launched. When it was discovered that a step ladder used to gain access to the property did not belong there, police appealed to locals to check their sheds and out buildings to see if any ladders are missing.
In a celebrity twist, following the sudden death of pop star George Michael, his neighbour, supermodel Kate Moss, revealed that she has a secret ladder to gain access to his garden so that she and her daughter can swim in his pool.