Safety Ladders News Roundup – June 2016
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 and if there are any stories we may have missed that you would like covered. Just send us a quick email or Tweet to us on our Twitter account.
First up is the fact that British Telecoms has been fined a massive £600,000 after two of its employees were seriously injured in falls from height. Although both incidents occurred back in 2010, it’s taken until recently for the full investigation to take place and the case to be brought before Teesside Crown Court (we recently highlighted the fact that the conviction process takes so long). It turns out that one engineer suffered a fall from a step ladder while he was installing a cable within a lighting system. He was taken to hospital but the accident was not investigated and work went ahead which resulted in a second engineer suffering a similar accident. Health and Safety Executive investigators discovered that the work was not properly assessed or planned and that it’s likely that the falls were caused by electric shocks.
As the summer holidays approach, youngsters in the UK are being warned not to climb up onto cranes following a dramatic rescue of two teenage boys in county Londonderry last week. A total of 24 firefighters were deployed to rescue the pair from the 50ft crane. The specialist rescue team used an aerial ladder platform to secure the lads and bring them back to the ground safely where they were handed over to police.
Let’s take a quick trip across the Pond now to the US where school field trips with a difference are taking place. Instructors at Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village in Ashville, New York, are making sure kids know how to escape from a fire in the home using a model outdoor village. The fire safety training involves the use of escape ladders with the idea being that learning by experience in a safe environment is the best defence against real danger. Kids also learn other survival skills such as how to twist their arm out of the grip of a stranger, making a 911 (the US equivalent of 999) call and driving behind the wheel of miniature cars.
Finally, a Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay fines amounting to more than £24,000 after breaching a number of safety regulations. According to Housing Officers who checked the landlord’s rental property, a fire alarm system was not working and a step ladder, rubbish and timber was being stored on the escape route of the property. The landlord’s HMO licence had expired and not been renewed despite several reminders.