Safety Ladders News Roundup – May, 2019
Ladder safety is an issue that gives cause for concern on a regular basis here in the UK. The team at Safety Fabrications is dedicated to providing our customers with the safest equipment possible. Every month we scour the internet for news on ladders or work at height 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 May. 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.
Our first story is about a huge rescue effort that got underway when two teenage boys decided to ride their pushbikes along the sea wall at North Denes in Lowestoft. One of the daring youngsters fell from his bike into the water fifteen feet below. His plucky friend scrambled down to the rescue, keeping the boy’s head above the rising water until the emergency services arrived. With the waves pounding around the two teenagers, three fire crews, HM Coastguard rescue officers, police officers and an air ambulance responded to the call and hauled the two teenagers to safety using a rope and a ladder.
A hapless carpenter came a cropper when he dropped into a jobsite to check materials on his way back from another job. Whilst helping a labourer to move plaster boards to the first-floor landing from ground level, the self-employed plasterer fell 2.4 metres leading to a three week stay in hospital for treatment to fractures of the wrists, ribs, skull, nose and eye sockets. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed and the work was not properly planned, managed or monitored and that there was no guardrail in place as edge protection at the point of the fall.
Data from four of the UK’s highest profile public construction and maintenance projects demonstrate that 11% of reported health and safety incidents involve work at height. Although none of the respondents surveyed reported a death as a result of a fall from height, these types of fall still accounted for the majority of fatal injuries to workers over the past five years.
Finally, a dramatic rescue unfolded deep underground after a woman fell down a cave shaft at The Stanage Edge in Derbyshire. Emergency services rushed to the rescue to discover that the woman was about 60 metres down the shaft. Following discussions with the Derbyshire Cave Rescue Team and the Lymm Rope Rescue and HART team, the lady was lifted to safety using height safety gear.