Safety Ladders News Roundup - March
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.
Our first story concerns 67 year old Roy Parker, a Solihull pensioner who spent an agonising 90 minutes waiting for an ambulance after falling from a ladder at his home. A misunderstanding by West Midlands Ambulance Service meant that the ambulance crew were sent on a meal break instead of rushing to treat Mr. Parker. The ambulance service has since apologised to Roy who broke his shoulder and wrist in the fall from height.
An Essex company has been fined a total of £12,000 and ordered to pay costs of £1,138.50 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. One of their employees broke her back in a fall at a former psychiatric hospital whilst carrying out a survey in the loft space for wildlife. She fell 4m through a loft hatch to a concrete floor, sustaining a fractured vertebra which necessitated the use of a back brace for three months.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that more than half of domestic basement projects in London boroughs failed unannounced safety checks during a two day initiative in March. The inspection initiative involved 127 sites across Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea and parts of Westminster. Enforcement notices were served on 62 of the sites and a whopping 44 Prohibition Notices were served. On two of the projects, conditions were deemed so dangerous that inspectors closed the sites on the spot.
Local residents in South Staffordshire have been banned from cleaning graffiti from vandalised canal bridges amid health and safety fears. Members of Wombourne’s Best Kept Village committee have been requested to attend specialist training courses before they are allowed to tackle the work. British Waterways which owns the b ridges has declined to fund the clean-up operations fearing that chemicals may leak into the water below if the project is handled by volunteers.
The British Safety Council (BSC) has written to six of the main political parties in advance of the May elections to ask for their plans on worker health and safety if elected. The BSC is aiming to put health and safety in the workplace in the spotlight during the election campaign and wants to find out what the government intends to do to help employers invest more in good health and safety practice.