Safety Ladders News Roundup – June 2017
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 feature ladders of one kind or another. It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here and if you come across any relevant news that you think should be featured, or if your business has news to share, please let us know by email or comment on our Facebook Page or Twitter stream and we’ll try to add it to our next monthly news roundup.
In the aftermath of last month’s tragic fire at Grenfell Tower in London, it’s emerged that the longest fire ladder in Britain has been put to use in an effort to recover the bodies of those still missing in the tower block. It’s an aerial ladder platform that has been loaned from the Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. However, this has sparked anger from Londoners who are demanding to know where this ladder was when the fire was raging out of control. The ladder is a massive 137 feet and when it arrived in London, local residents were understandably irate that the London Fire Brigade does not have ladders long enough to access the entire top half of the building. While this ladder is not actually long enough to reach all of the higher floors of the tower, it does reach a further 10 metres than anything that the London Fire Brigade had available.
Meanwhile, angry residents of Aberdeen’s high rise buildings have expressed fear after being told that the city’s fire brigade’s ladders are only long enough to access the ninth storey of any building. Residents on the upper floors of Aberdeen’s highest tower blocks are now demanding extra safety measures to be installed in their buildings, including sprinkler systems and communal fire alarms. While local authority and fire officials are striving to reassure the people of Aberdeen, it seems that this is an issue that we will see spreading to cities and towns around the UK in the coming weeks and months.
Here at Safety Fabrications, we would like to take this opportunity to express our dismay at the Grenfell Tower tragedy and extend our condolences to all those who lost their lives, family members and friends last month.
On a lighter note, speakers at London’s famous Speaker’s Corner were ordered to get down from their ladders and soapboxes amid concerns about health and safety. The Hyde Park corner has been a symbol of free speech since the 1800s but safety concerns have led to Met Police officers stating “No steps, no platforms, no chairs. You are not allowed to stand on anything other than your own two feet”.
Some shocking video footage has emerged that has gone viral on social media channels showing a furious dad in China tying his young son to a ladder before submerging him in a river! According to reports, the boy was preforming poorly in school and had been accused of stealing and fighting. Rather than ground the boy, his father decided to scare him into submission, leading to this incident which resulted in the boy choking and crying out, promising to improve in future.