Safety Ladders News Roundup - May 2016
Ladder safety hits the headlines on a regular basis here in Britain so we offer our readers a regular news roundup blog for safety ladders. Once a month, one of our blog posts features a range of news stories from the past month that deal with ladders of all types. It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here. If you have any comments to add or news that you think we should cover, please get in touch with us by email.
North Yorkshire firefighters rescued a farm worker who’d driven his tractor into a slurry pit recently. Whey the rescue teams arrived at the farm they discovered the man trapped in the cab of the tractor which was rapidly sinking into the lake of slurry. They used chains, a 9 metre ladder, a triple extension ladder, lines and buoyancy vests to pull the tractor towards the edge of the pit in order to save the unfortunate farmworker.
Following on from that story, the Farmer’s Weekly has disclosed that recent research discovered that young farmers take unnecessary risks on farms despite knowing that their actions are unsafe. The publication went on to say that so many young farmers believe their attitudes towards farm safety have changed as a result of industry initiatives like Farm Safety Week (4 – 8 July) but many continue to take risks when working. When surveyed nearly a third of respondents admitted that they cut corners even when they know it makes a job unsafe. Alarmingly, the majority of young farmers said that they climb onto unsafe roofs and climb ladders that are not properly secured or are damaged and unsafe to use. This means that there is still work to be done on raising awareness of health and safety within the farming industry in order to eradicate this type of risky behaviour.
Council offices in Mirfield were shut down on health and safety grounds in February and the building secured with metal shutters. However, when the Mayor of Mirfield visited the premises to check on security, he was disgruntled to discover that a chandelier had disappeared from the council chamber, with the wires left dangling from the ceiling. To add insult to injury, a pair of tall stepladders that were used to reach the high ceilings had also been stolen!
Homeowners in Gloucestershire are being urged to lock away any ladders and garden tools that they own following a spate of burglaries in Nailsworth in one day. IN once case, gardening tools left outside were used to gain entry to the property so making sure there’s nothing outside that could help thieves to break into your home is vital.
Finally, on a more upbeat note, crowds gathered on a Walsall street when a dog was discovered perched on a ledge outside a first floor apartment. Firefighters were called and used safety ladders in order to reach and rescue the pooch to the delight of onlookers who cheered enthusiastically.