Safety Ladders News Roundup - October

Safety Ladders News Roundup - October

12th November 2014

With the subject of ladder safety regularly in the news here in the UK, we aim to offer our readers a regular news roundup blog covering the subject.  Once a month, one of our blog posts brings you 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.  Please join in by adding your comments below the regular news roundup postings.

First up for October is the story of a Romanian TV presenter who came a cropper with the help of a ladder.  The popular host attempted to demonstrate a local singer’s rise to fame by climbing up a metal ladder held up by two women (and not propped against a wall).  The bizarre stunt went horribly wrong because the feet of the ladder slipped on the studio floor, leaving the host flat on his face and causing the two women to skip nimbly out of the way in order to dodge the falling ladder.  This is a great demonstration of how important it is to do a pre-use safety check on a ladder (and ensure that it’s fitted with non-slip feet).

We covered this year’s Idiots on Ladders contest being run by the Ladder Association a few weeks ago and news is coming in that the Association has enjoyed a record response this year with more than 50 photos already received and more flooding in weekly.  If you want to see just how stupid some people can be, check out the photos on the Ladder Association’s Facebook page.

A self-employed electrician has died following a 20ft fall from a ladder that he was using as he tried to repair the roof of his home in Fulford.  Despite being rushed to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for emergency treatment, the 63 year old died from head and neck injuries the following day.

Health and Safety has become a major issue at Falmouth Harbour following an incident in which a fisherman fell from a quay ladder and broke his ankle.  Fisherman, Steve Smith, fell from one of the newly installed ladders in Falmouth’s North Quay onto his boat below.  By the time a coastguard rescue team arrived, the plucky mariner had managed to climb back up to his van on the quayside.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is now collaborating with Falmouth Harbour Commissioners (FHC) over the state of the ladders as boat owners are questioning whether or not they are fit for purpose.

News from Kent reveals the tragic story of stage production manager Larry Neff who died while cutting off a dead tree branch at his mother’s home.  Larry worked with the popular US string quartet, Kronos Quartet, for more than 25 years and will be sadly missed by the band and fans.

If you come across any news stories relating to ladders over the coming month and would like to see them featured in our regular News Roundup, then please feel free to send them in to us.