Safety Ladders News Roundup – June, 2018
Ladders and ladder safety hit the headlines on a regular basis here in Britain so we offer our readers a regular news roundup blog for ladder related news stories. Once a month, one of our blog posts deals with 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. If you’d like to let us know what your think, you can do so by adding your comments on our Facebook page, tweet to us on Twitter or drop us an email if there’s anything you’d like us to cover.
First comes the news that Glasgow Central’s Member of Parliament is planning to set up an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height in collaboration with the Prefabricated Access Suppliers’ and Manufacturers’ Association (PASMA). With an estimated 1 million businesses and ten million workers involved in work at height of some form, this issue does not always receive the attention it should from policy makers. We’ll have more information on this for you next week.
Next is some news that may be of help in addressing the work at height issues mentioned above. The integration of Virtual Reality (VR) and BIM, combined with advances in both drone and robotics technology may be set to bring radical changes to working at height.
It’s recently been revealed that construction contractors have experienced a 50% increase in fire safety work since last year’s tragic fire at Grenfell Tower. A total of 221 public sector tenders have come onto the market since June 14th last year, compared with 142 in the preceding 12 months and these include remedial and fire compartmentations works on buildings, as well as smoke detector and sprinkler system installations and other fire safety work.
A construction company director has been banned from directly or indirectly being involved in the promotion, formation or management of a company for six years. Michael Allen’s company was fined £247,671 for breaching three counts of working at height regulations after a worker fell through the roof of a farm building in Buxton. Instead of paying the fine, Allen closed the business but an investigation by the Insolvency Service revealed that after the accident a new company was incorporated to enable a clear division between fabrication and installation activities. The new company carried out fabrications, while the installation side of the business was wound down and closed in order to avoid payment of the fine.
Sadly, a 20 year old man died following a fall from a ladder at Bearsden Railway Station. Emergency services, including police and paramedics were unable the save the life of the man and a full investigation will be carried out.
Last of all, in order to put a smile on your face, we have news of a bear cub in Wisconsin that fell into a basement and was unable to get out. Wildlife workers lowered a ladder into the basement and the bear cub was eventually able to climb up the ladder to safety.