Safety Ladders News Roundup – March, 2018
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.
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Our first item concerns pupils in West Sussex who have been learning about fire and road safety on a five day course at Bognor Fire Station. The course concentrated on communication skills and safety and students were required to take part in some physical training which included hose running, ladder climbing and first aid.
Next comes the story of holiday company Center Parcs which was recently fined £250,000 for breaches of health and safety regulations after an eight year old girl fell whilst on an organised tree climbing activity. It seems that the girl was not wearing a safety harness when she fell and had been left alone by the instructor who was supervising her brother on another tree. Whilst there should only have been two rope ladders in use on the day in question, there were ladders on seven trees and the excited youngster, having descended from one in a controlled way, rushed to another tree and climbed the ladder to a height of more than eight feet before plunging to the ground and breaking her wrist.
A Metro worker was electrocuted and died as he repaired overhead rail lines, an inquest has been told. Apparently, during the course of the work, one of two live overhead power lines was supposed to be isolated and cut off from the electricity supply. The worker died at the scene after gripping the live cable with both hands and being flung from the ladder he was using – another tale which emphasises the risks of working near power cables.
Fire crews raced to West Cromwell Road in London to tackle a fire in a first floor apartment. The cause of the blaze is currently under investigation. Fire crews used a ladder to facilitate the rescue of three people stuck on the third floor of the building.
From fire to ice – Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service was mobilised to rescue a man stuck on a frozen pond in the centre of Watford. Despite freezing temperatures and snowy conditions, the rescue went smoothly and the man rescued did not suffer any injuries. A spokesperson for Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service advise people never to venture onto frozen ponds and lakes, no matter how safe it looks.
We’ll be back at the beginning of next month with a roundup of April’s relevant news. In the meantime, we urge all of our readers to take care and stay safe both at work and at home.