Safety Ladders News Roundup – February, 2019

Safety Ladders News Roundup – February, 2019

04th March 2019

With ladder safety regularly featuring in the news here in the UK, the Safety Fabrications team is always fully up to date with what’s going on in the world of working at height to make sure our readers are fully informed.  Once a month, one of our blog posts deals with news stories from the past month that feature ladders of any kind, or work at height.  It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here. 

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Our first news story makes it look as if the future is here – with the revelation that an innovative building company is buying rooftop airspace for housing development.  The company uses offsite methods (OSM) of construction to create homes which are then winched onto existing rooftops.  Sounds pretty unbelievable, so we will cover this in much more detail in one of our reports later in the week.

Whitby Pier is causing a bit of a local kerfuffle due to safety concerns.  The sides of the pier are vertical and in places, the deck is more than 10 metres above the adjacent beach.  Apart from a small section of light gauge railing on the western edge, the pier has now hand railing and the existing stone deck which is patched with concrete is deemed a trip hazard.  There are no ladders on the seaward side of the pier, adding to the potential dangers.  Local residents are petitioning Scarborough Council to address the safety issues.

An All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height has published a new report recommending that the government and the construction industry carry out a major review of the work at height culture here in the UK.  The report, titled “Staying Alive: Preventing Serious Injury and Fatalities while Working at Height” is the result of a 12-month inquiry to discover why 18% of people who die at work do so as a result of a fall from height.  We’ll have a more detailed news article on this next week, so be sure to check back then, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter for an advance notification.

A roofing company and its director were fined £50,000 for breaching safety regulations following the death of a worker who fell when removing flashing from the roof of a two-storey house.  The company had failed to properly plan the work and suitable control measures were not in place.  An investigation by the Metropolitan Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) considered that a scaffold should have been used for the work to provide edge protection and the failings were due to the neglect of the company’s sole director.  In a tragic twist, the employee who died was the nephew of the company director.