Safety Ladders News Roundup – October, 2018
With ladder safety regularly featuring in the news here in the UK, the Safety Fabrications team is always fully up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders so that we can bring our readers all the information they need on safety ladders. Once a month, one of our blog posts deals with news stories from the past month that feature ladders of any kind. . It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here. If you have any comments to add or news that you think we should cover, please get in touch with us by email or why not follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get a notification every time we publish a new article?
Our first story concerns a case at Portsmouth Crown Court involving a special needs teaching assistant who fell almost 20 ft. after losing her balance whilst climbing down a ladder from a yacht. An employee of the company which owns the yacht had secured the ladder so that it protruded just above the yacht’s sugar scoop, despite health and safety guidance recommending a protrusion of one metre above the stepping point. The employee claimed that his decision to set up the ladder in that manner was “common sense”.
The clocks going back has led to recommendations that home owners protect their properties from burglars during the darker months of the year. The advice being given included, as usual, to make sure that ladders are not left in places where they could be taken and used by thieves to force access. Other advice included leaving a light on when nobody is at home and, if relevant, investing in a CCTV system to monitor your home via smart phone or tablet.
In another news item with a maritime theme, fishermen working at King’s Lynn Fisher Fleet claim that current working conditions are dangerous due to a lack of mooring rings and broken ladders. Fisher Fleet is a tidal estuary and home of most of the small fishing boats that operate in The Wash, fishing for shrimps or digging for cockles and mussels on the sand banks. Fishermen in Lynn were granted the right to free use of the Fisher Fleet for ever by Queen Elizabeth 1st. The lack of mooring rings means that boats cannot be moored correctly which has led to steel quayside ladders being destroyed by boats being tied to them. Fishermen are having to access their boats using their own aluminium ladders – not the safest means of access. Associated British Ports (APB) is responsible for the maintenance of Fisher Fleet and the company is currently discussing the issue with the fishermen to identify exact requirements.
Our last story concerns Princess Anne who, in her roles as patron of National Coastwatch, recently paid a visit to Calshot Tower where teams of volunteer watchers carry out daylight surveillance of the Solent and Southampton Water. The tower’s viewing platform is at the top, 100ft above ground level, with access via vertical ladders inside the tower. This did not stop the intrepid Royal visitor, she wanted to see the platform for herself and easily scaled the ladder to the top. Here at Safety Fabrications, we’re full of admiration and just hope she’d undergone the relevant ladder safety training!