Safety Ladders News Roundup – March, 2017
Ladder safety is an issue that gives cause for concern on a regular basis here in Britain. We at Safety Fabrications are dedicated to providing our customers with the safest equipment possible. Every month we scour the internet for news on ladders so that we can keep our readers up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders and access equipment. This is our news roundup offering for the month of March. If you have anything to add to any of the stories and have come across an issue that you’d like us to cover, please let us know either by email or comment on our Facebook Page or Twitter stream.
An Oldham Councillor has had his whip removed for six months by Oldham Council after being prosecuted for breaching health and safety regulations. The Councillor who represents Oldham’s Coldhurst ward pleaded guilty to a breach of the Work at Height Regulations 2005 when one of his building company’s employees fell 20 ft. from a scaffolding tower and suffered a fractured hip and fractured heels. The scaffold had been erected by the employee who neglected to fit essential stabiliser outriggers and then used the scaffold without the requisite training and safeguards. The Councillor was given an 8 week suspended jail sentence and fined £2.500.
Meanwhile, a London building company has been fined £52,000 after HSE inspectors investigated a site in Essex following complaints from the public. The company was the Principal Contractor for the development of 24 apartments and a public house in Corringham and following public concern, the HSE carried out three site inspections, discovering numerous breaches of health and safety legislation on each occasion. These breaches included unsafe work at height across the site, dangerous electrical systems, no fire detection alarm system and a total absence of firefighting equipment (despite the fact that some of the workers were actually sleeping on site).
Om Southwark Crown Court a company and a self-employed contractor were handed fines for safety failings following the death of one worker and serious injury of another when they fell six storeys through a lift shaft. The lift shaft in a building being converted to luxury apartments was being decommissioned when the chain holding the lift car broke while the two men worked on top of it. The worker who was injured was wearing a safety harness attached to the top of the lift car while the man who died was not wearing a harness. According to the HSE investigation, the planning and management of the project was inadequate in relation to both work at height and lift decommissioning work.
Three company directors in Bury may be facing jail sentences after an attempt to cover up what’s been described as “flagrant” health and safety failings following an accident in which one of their employees died. The 25 year old employee was working on the roof of a shed with no safety equipment during adverse weather conditions when he fell. One of the company directors was discovered to have falsified risk assessments which should have been completed before the work began. The three have now admitted corporate manslaughter and failing to ensure the safety of the father of two, Benjamin Edge.