Safety Ladders News Roundup - May

Safety Ladders News Roundup - May

04th June 2014

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.  Please join in by adding your comments below the regular news roundup postings.

A London based roofing company has been fined £4,000 after being caught resting a ladder on the roof of a transit van in order to paint the third floor of a building.  A concerned member of the public tipped off environmental health officers who caught the whole thing on camera.  Following a full investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) it was discovered that Laser Roofing London had been subcontracted to carry out the work by Norfolk-based Maintenance 24/7 because the company did not have the correct equipment or expertise for the task at hand.  Maintenance 24/7 was also fined £10,000 for breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR).  To add insult to injury, not only was the worker at risk of a fall, but the public was at risk or being struck by falling equipment or materials.  The transit was parked over a busy stop on a busy road with double yellow lines!

Magistrates in Birmingham fined a scaffolding contracting firm £5,000 following an accident in which a worker fell from a ladder whilst constructing scaffolding.  The 49 year old man from Birmingham sustained serious foot injuries and is now confined to a wheelchair as a result of the fall and has been unable to work since.  The scaffold was being erected to hold a theatrical set in place and the HSE investigation discovered that an elevated work platform should have been used instead of a ladder in this case.  A tower scaffold had been available for the task and should have been used.

Fire-fighters in Milton Keynes are urging people not to ignore “no swimming” signs on lakes and other waterways following the dramatic rescue of a woman from Caldecotte Weir.  The woman who had been swimming with friends became stranded and fire crews were called out from Bletchley, Great Holm and Newport Pagnell.  Fire-fighters wearing dry suits secured the lady with a throw line and then helped her to climb to safety up a ladder – she was then checked over by paramedics who pronounced her to be uninjured.

Nobody in the UK could have missed the recent fire at the Glasgow School of Art at the Mackintosh Building in the city.  The building architecture was the work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and a nationwide poll by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) judged the Mack (as it’s affectionately known by locals) to be the “best building of the past 175 years”.  Fire-fighters wearing breathing equipment led people out of the building to safety and, luckily, nobody was injured.  However, this historically and culturally significant building was well ablaze with flames reaching the attic of the five storey, grade A listed building and clouds of smoke billowed across the city.  Fire-fighters battled the blaze, pouring water on the building from high ladders as the flames blew windows out.