Safety Ladders News Roundup – July, 2018
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. This is our news roundup offering for the month of July. It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here.
Our first story concerns firefighters in Chichester who wondered how long it would take to climb Mount Everest - by ladder! ON August 18th, the intrepid firemen will be holding a ladder climbing event and scaling 17,696 metres (the height of Everest). However, they’re not off to exotic Nepal, they’re climbing ladders at the Assembly Rooms in Chichester in a bid to raise money for the Fire Fighters Charity. To ensure their safety as they continuously climb for seven hours, the ladder will be raised against scaffolding and they’ll be descending by pole (how else would a fireman get down?).
Meanwhile, poor Beyoncé had to be rescued with a ladder after a stage malfunction during a gig in Poland left her stranded on a high platform. This was a result of the “flying stage” suffering a technical hitch mid gig and the “cheeky” star was cheered by fans as she made her descent in a thong and thigh-high boots. Check out the video below.
During last month’s two hour hostage standoff at a Trader Joe’s in Los Angeles, a quick-thinking employee helped several of his colleagues escape using a ladder. Sean Gerace was working in the backroom when he heard shots, so he and his colleagues ran to the upstairs storage area for safety. The resourceful employee barricaded the hallway, grabbed a weapon, put a ladder out of the window and got the attention of a SWAT officer, then helped his workmates to safety before making his own escape.
A 66 year old theatre director fell to his death after being stung by a wasp whilst using a ladder. Michael Gibson, who was allergic to wasp stings was attempting to remove a wasps’ nest from the roof of his home. It’s been disclosed that Gibson had been drinking before the incident and climbed the ladder wearing his slippers.
Here at Safety Fabrications, we make no apology for banging on about safety, the importance of maintaining a tidy site and fire hazards. It seems that the recent fires in Greece which tragically claimed at least 85 lives may have been started deliberately. However, investigators have discovered that some of those who lost their lives did so because their escape routes were blocked by illegal construction. We’ve covered how dangerous the construction trade is in Greece in the past as one of our colleagues has family living there. Despite the fact that Greece has the same stringent health and safety legislation as the rest of the European Union (including Britain), there is no enforcement process so legislation is largely ignored.