Safety Ladders News Roundup – January, 2019
Ladder safety is an issue that is vital for success of construction companies here in the UK. The team at Safety Fabrications is dedicated to providing our customers with the safest equipment possible. Every month we scour the internet for news on ladders or work at height so that we can keep our readers up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders and access equipment. This is our news roundup offering for the first month of 2019. If you have anything to add to any of the stories and have come across an issue that you’d like us to cover, please let us know either by email or comment on our Facebook Page or Twitter stream.
Our first story demonstrates the dangers of working at height and how important it is that those who are responsible for the safety of workers take their responsibility seriously. A London based construction company pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, and has been fined £300,000 following an incident that was deemed by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) as “wholly avoidable”. A worker using a concrete breaker to create an opening for a stairwell fell 7.5 metres and sustained fatal head injuries. The investigation discovered that the work was not properly planned, adequately supervised or carried out in a safe manner.
In a shocking incident, a subcontractor and his employee were photographed working on a rooftop with one worker at the roof edge, anchored to a rope attached to a piece of webbing which was being held by his colleague. No anchor point was in use and the subcontractor was subsequently fined £2,000. The ground maintenance company which had hired the subcontractor was also fined (£1,300) for failing to ensure that the subcontractors had planned the work at height properly to ensure it was carried out safely.
Firefighters in Cheltenham rushed to the rescue when paramedics were unable to reach a man needing treatment in a ground floor flat. The man had fallen against the door, blocking it and preventing the paramedics for reaching and treating him. The firefighters arrived and used a ladder to gain access to a window of the property so that paramedics could treat their patient.
A recent survey of construction industry leaders has revealed that the use of drones within our sector underwent a dramatic increase in 2018. According to ProDroneWorx, 52% of respondents used drone technology last year, compared with 33% the previous year. This bears out what we’ve been predicting for the past few years – that drones will be used to make construction work safer by reducing the requirements for work at height.
Last, but not least – good news for our sector comes in the form of an £18 million investment in new technologies that should transform British construction via a range of projects designed to make the industry more efficient, productive and sustainable.