Safety Ladders News Roundup - January

Safety Ladders News Roundup - January

04th February 2015

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.  Please join in by adding your comments 

below the regular news roundup postings.

Ladder safety hit the headlines in a big bad way last month when a man was spotted sitting in the back seat of a blue Nissan, clinging 

onto a ladder as the car travelled along a busy dual carriageway in Bolton, Lancashire.  The driver of the car needs to be on his guard as police are sure to catch up with the pair before too long as this story 

seems to be doing the rounds on the internet now.  Passing motorists can be forgiven for being shocked at the sight which was caught on camera by builder Steve Wignall.

Jonathan Shaw and Stephen Fawcett have not got away with such dangerous behaviour.  The pair were reported to the council when 

passers-by spotted their silly behaviour in Morecambe recently.  The men were each fined £8,000 at Lancaster Magistrates Court for breaches of health and safety.  They were spotted using a DIY crane cobbled together from a forklift truck and some pallets to access a streetlight.  Fawcett balanced precariously in a metal cage on top of a pile of pallets lifted by the forklift and, to add insult to (potential) injury, the duo had taken no preventative measures on the ground to stop people from coming within dangerous distance of the machine.

Meanwhile, across the Pond, a ten year old boy got trapped on the frozen Bronx River as ice began to crack underneath him.  NY City firefighters raced to the rescue and used a ladder to reach the boy and allow him to scramble to safety across the treacherous ice.

Back home again and in Edinburgh a dramatic rescue took place when two men were trapped in a burning first floor flat.  The alarm was raised and brave neighbours used a ladder to rescue the one man before the fire service arrived.  The second man was rescued by Edinburgh firefighters and one man was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary for treatment while the other man was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene.

On a more serious note, an East Lothian building company was fined £50,000 for a breach of the Work at Height Regulations when one of its employees was left paralysed after falling nearly four metres through a rooflight.  Neil Knox had no formal training in roof work had accessed the roof using a ladder and crawler boards and, following the accident, had to be airlifted to hospital with broken ribs, a broken sternum, punctured lungs and fractured spine.

On a lighter note, don’t forget to keep following the Idiots on Ladders Facebook page so that you can see just how not to do it when it comes to health and safety with ladders and access equipment.