Safety Ladders News Roundup – July, 2017

Safety Ladders News Roundup – July, 2017

04th August 2017

Ladder safety is an issue that gives cause for concern on a regular basis here in Britain.  We at Safety Fabrications are dedicated to providing our customers with the safest equipment possible. Every month we scour the internet for news on ladders so that we can keep our readers up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders and access equipment. It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here.  Join in by adding your comments on our Facebook Page or by tweeting to us on Twitter.

Our first news item this month concerns a safety issue.  Tradesmen, DIY enthusiasts and gardeners in Gedling Borough in Nottingham have been warned by Trading Standards officers to check their telescopic ladders after 32,000 were withdrawn from sale following the discovery of a deadly safety glitch.  Four local authorities in the East Midlands have tested 13 different telescopic ladders, all of which failed to meet the relevant parts of the British Standard for ladder design, safety and structural requirements.  Almost all of the ladders tested were easily damaged during testing which suggests that many similar products available to consumers may not be robust enough to withstand normal wear and tear.

Meanwhile, in Whitworth near Rochdale a handyman was spotted and photographed fixing a gutter on a three storey building while balanced on a ladder precariously propped on top of a Transit van!  Furthermore, the man was not wearing any safety gear and the van was parked on a blind corner on a busy main road.  Several passers-by spotted the hapless handyman, one of whom snapped a pic and posted it to Facebook where it attracted quite a bit of attention with one commenter claiming “This is why women live longer than men”.  This is a strong contender for the annual “Idiots on Ladders” competition run by the Ladder Association.

As the school summer holidays get underway, finding activities for the kids to do can be a challenge for parents across the UK.  The solution in Hitchin, North Hertfordshire goes by the name of the Ladder 87 summer camp, a group that’s committed to providing an interactive memorable week of fun for youngsters, while delivering vital safety messages in an engaging manner.  Every day features a fun physical activity designed by the Ladder Crew, including assault course style fitness sessions, team games and a “fire kit carry”.  The kids will be taught vital life skills which will include learning the phone numbers of the emergency services and knowing who to contact in different types of emergency.  The children will learn more about how different types of emergency service respond and this will be aided by the use of Dennis, a well-preserved 1987 fire engine.