Safety Ladders News Roundup – June, 2019

Safety Ladders News Roundup – June, 2019

03rd July 2019

Ladder safety is regularly in the news here in the UK so at Safety Fabrications we keep fully up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders so that we can provide our readers with 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 any kind.  It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here so why not comment on our Facebook page, tweet to us on Twitter or drop us an email if there’s anything you’d like us to cover.

Here at Safety Fabrications, we advocate the need to use ladders safely at all times, even when they’re being transported.  This requirement was clearly demonstrated when traffic on the A1270 Norther Distributor Road was brought to a standstill when a set of ladders fell into the road.  Police responded to the obstruction, but no roads were closed during the incident.  We’ll have some advice for you next week on the safe transportation of ladders, so be sure to follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter so that you’re notified when this useful information is published.

Meanwhile, firefighters rushed to the scene near Bridlington town centre when a man on a ladder got his head stuck through a window!  Rescuers used a short extension ladder to gain access so that the hinge could be removed from the sash window, freeing the man who was uninjured in the incident.

A convincing confirmation of the value of hiring an apprentice comes in the news that the finalists in the Ladder for Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards were honoured with a guided tour of Parliament, which is currently undergoing major renovation work.  The ten apprentices met with MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, who is also chairman of the Education Select Committee and joint patron of the Ladder for England campaign, an initiative that aims to encourage businesses across the UK to take on new employees at the beginning of their careers.  Halfon discussed their work, education and training with the apprentice finalists and expressed interest in how the Ladder for England campaign could be used to inspire more young people to consider an apprenticeship.  We’ll be covering the Ladder for England campaign in more detail over the coming weeks, so be sure to check back regularly so that you don’t miss out.

Finally, a worrying situation at one of Edinburgh’s most popular landmarks, Jacob’s Ladder.  No, it’s not a ladder as we know it, this is the name given to a 140-step pathway carved into the volcanic rock at Calton Hill.  The pathway is an 18th C shortcut between Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns and was almost abandoned due to unsafe conditions.  However, the route was made safe recently with the removal of overgrown vegetation and the provision of lighting, making it once again safe to use.  However, much to the consternation of locals, homophobic and racist graffiti appeared on the route twice in recent weeks, requiring removal with environment-friendly chemicals to ensure that the historic stonework was not damaged.