Safety Ladders News Roundup – November, 2018
Ladder safety is an issue that hits the headlines regularly here in the UK. The Safety Fabrications team is dedicated to providing our customers with the safest equipment possible. Every month we check the internet for news on ladders or work at height so that we can keep our readers fully informed with current events that are relevant to the world of ladders and access equipment. This is our news roundup offering for the month of November. 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 news item this month is a warning to all. A construction company failed to put in place sufficient construction site fencing on a domestic property that was being renovated. A blue tarp was used to prevent rainwater getting into the cellar but no fencing was erected and there were no warning signs around the concealed void. A visitor to the property stepped onto the tarp and fell to his death below. According to a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, this was an accident that could easily have been avoided and he reiterated the need for builders to take adequate measures to prevent unauthorised access to construction sites, an issue we’ve warned our readers about in the past.
Next comes the news that a principal contractor was fined £10,000 after an employee of another company working on the same building project was seriously injured whilst carrying out a lifting operation. The incident happened in Rosyth Dockyard where the employee was involved in a lifting operation to move two large crane mats. The HSE investigation discovered that the work activities involved in moving the crane mats required a complex, non-routine lifting operations which had not been planned by a competent person. Nor was the activity properly supervised or carried out in a safe manner. As construction project become more complex requiring collaboration from a number of companies, this is an issue that we all need to pay more attention to in future.
The Ladder Association has appointed a new Chairman – Paul Bruton who has more than 45 years of experience in the ladder industry. Over the coming three years, Bruton intends to continue to promote the Association, with safety within the industry a top priority. He said “Training, advocacy and giving a voice to our members is what being a part of the association is all about, and I’m committed to promoting that vision.”
And our last item concerns the story of a hapless hamster who got stuck after falling down a hole between two pipes whilst being looked after by a friend of its owner. After six day so dropping food down the hole to make sure the hamster would not starve, the RSPCA were called to the rescue. The resourceful RSPCA officer went home and cut a “ladder” from some old wire mesh, then returned and inserted it into the hole. The hamster eventually emerged, none the worse for wear.