Safety Ladders News Roundup – October 2016

Safety Ladders News Roundup – October 2016

03rd November 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 deals with news stories from the past month that feature ladders of one kind or another.  It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here and if you come across any relevant news that you think should be featured, or if your business has news to share, please let us know by email and we’ll try to add it to our next monthly news roundup.

We start with a serious story – the boss of a gutter cleaning company, Utterly Gutterly based in Devon, has been jailed over a ladder fall death.  Colin Jeffery was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and jailed for five years when 17 year old Mason Jennians fell from a ladder while working without the proper safety precautions or equipment.  According to investigators, the majority of the company’s employees were young and inexperienced men who were “vulnerable to the risks of dangerous work by virtue of their youth, inexperience and inability to appreciate risk”.  Jeffery engaged staff with a “flagrant disregard” for the regulations governing work at height and failed to consider or implement the most basic of safety measures.  

Meanwhile, a young scientist, 26 year old Tariq Khoyratty who is studying for a PhD in Immunology at Oxford University came up with a novel solution when his landlord refused to allow him to install a cat flap.  He constructed a 23ft long by 6 inches wide ladder from four decking planks and offcuts of wood.  The ladder is attached to a first floor bedroom window with a detachable bungee cord and allows ginger tom cat, Nelson, to come and go as he pleases.  While Nelson initially needed a little persuading with treats to use the ladder, he now uses it as his main access route in and out of the house.  We’re pretty sure that the ladder does not comply with regulations and there’s no personal protective equipment (PPE) available for Nelson other than his renowned ability to always land on his four feet if he falls.

Good news for children in Zhaojue County in Sichuan Province, China comes in the form of a ladder.  In May, the internet showed pictures showing pupils from the age of six climbing a dangerous vine ladder on the side of a steep rock face to get home from their school.  The village is at the top of a 2,624 foot tall mountain and the school is at the bottom.  This meant that the village children spent two hours every day climbing 17 unsecured vine ladders, carrying their heavy school books in rucksacks on their backs.  Local authorities have now provided the village for funding to install a ladder made from 1,500 steel pipes to make the children’s journey safer and easier.