Safety Ladders News Roundup - November
Ladder safety is an issue that seems to be in the news 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 search the internet for news on ladders and health and safety issues 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 November. 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.
The BBC recently carried a report about proposed tougher fines for health and safety offences, with some large organisations that commit corporate manslaughter facing fines of up to £20 million. Moreover, health and safety offences that result in a fatality will carry fines of up to £10 million, according to new guidelines planned by the Sentencing Council. The proposals are designed to ensure a consistent approach to sentencing and allow fair and proportionate sentences across the board with the more serious offenders facing tougher penalties.
Health and safety fears are being blamed for a decline in the number of pupils taking foreign exchange holidays according to the Telegraph. A report from the British Council has revealed that “paranoia over health and safety regulations” has led to a drop of 43% of teenagers visiting host families abroad over the past decade. The Council is launching a campaign to rescue these “twinning holidays” which have traditionally represented a fantastic opportunity for young people. This development has come hand in hand with a decline in pupils opting to study foreign languages which some blame on the Labour government’s decision to make languages optional at GCSE level back in 2004.
The UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged the construction industry to ensure basic health and safety measures are in place. This was following a month long inspection drive which discovered that 40% of construction sites fail to properly protect workers. Out of nearly 2,000 repair and refurbishment sites visited, HSE inspectors found unacceptable conditions and dangerous practices in nearly half, while 20% of sites were so dangerous that formal enforcement was necessary.
Which Christmas fast approaching, we’re well into the silly season and what could be more festive at this time of the year than a Christmas story. The landlord of the Blue Bell pub in West Green, has cancelled plans to switch on the Cottingham Christmas lights due to health and safety fears. Officials fear that too many people could attend the event at the pub which can only hold about 100 people. BBC radio presenter, Steve Massam was due to switch on the lights but the ceremony has now been delayed. Other pubs in the area which were due to have a co-ordinated light switching on ceremony will also follow suite and delay.