Safety Ladders News Roundup - July 2014

Safety Ladders News Roundup - July 2014

30th July 2014

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 with 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.

A man in India hit the headlines in July when he lifted a motorbike onto a bus by balancing the bike on his head and climbing a ladder to access the top of the bus.  Just why the man wanted to do this is anybody’s guess, but do it he has.  Four men had to help lift the motorbike onto his head before he made his daring ascent up the ladder with the motorbike precariously balanced.  Although this is a marvellous feat, health and safety issues are in play here and we don’t recommend that you try this at home.

Meanwhile, roofer Keith Saunders of Warminster broke the world record for ladder climbing at Salisbury Fire Station.  The 46 year old climbed a 34ft ladder more than a thousand times, conveniently sliding down a pole after each ascent in order to begin climbing again.  Saunders notched up 43,435 feet during his 24 hour stunt, the equivalent of climbing Mount Everest one and a half times.  Although he stopped for a short break every hour, the record breaking success left Mr. Saunders feeling “physically and emotionally drained” and planning on spending a few days resting and enjoying his status as a world record holder.

Fire fighters using a ladder rescued a man who slipped and fell into a grassy drainage ditch in Colorado Springs.  The unnamed man had been walking back to his hotel following a visit to a local restaurant when he slipped and fell, injuring his leg so that he was unable to get out unaided.  Fire fighters were called and did a “ladder pick” rescue, loading the patient into a stokes basket then craning him to a parking lot from where he could be transported to hospital to receive treatment for his injuries.

With news that young people in the UK are caught in a ‘rent trap’ which keeps them off the housing ladder, it’s been revealed that housing costs are taking up so much of their income that they are unable to save to buy a home of their own.  In the meantime, young couple Jack Gayton and Hannah Fountain were named in Prime Minister’s Question Time in the House of Commons.  They managed to get onto the housing ladder by buying a home through the government’s Help to Buy scheme that was launched last year.

And, in a home with a difference, the Guardian carried a report on a studio flat in London that’s currently available to rent.  However, the flat is so tiny (just 8 square metres) that the only way to get into the wall mounted bed is to stand on top of the fridge and climb up a ladder.  While this may be possible for those who always go to bed sober, the mezzanine style sleeping area would prove to be a nightmare if you need to get up in the night to visit the loo.