Safety Ladders News Roundup – September, 2017
Ladders hit the headlines on a regular basis here in Britain so we offer our readers a regular news blog for ladder related news stories. Once a month, one of our blog posts deals with 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. Join in by adding your comments on our Facebook, Twitter or drop us an email if there’s anything you’d like us to cover.
First up is the news that the Ladder Association (those glorious people who treat us to the Idiot’s on Ladders annual competition) have published an 8 page guide to the latest changes in ladder standards. We’ll be publishing an article about this next week, so BOLO (be on the lookout).
Next come the news that some people are using ladders, not as a safety feature, but in order to climb over fences at an old rail crossing in Aylesbury. The crossing was closed last year after several incidents and one death, so using a piece of safe access equipment to gain access to danger is a clear case of Idiots on Ladders, if you ask us.
New figures from the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reveal that the agricultural sector had the highest rate of fatal injuries in 2016-2017. A total of 30 deaths were recorded on British farms, with 7% of those involving a fall from height.
Hull Crown Court handed out a fine of £1 million following the death of a self-employed electrical contractor who fell off a step ladder that had been provided for him and died of his injuries. An investigation carried out by the HSE found that the company which contracted the electrician and supplied the ladder failed to plan the work properly. We’ve already covered the reasons it’s not a good idea to use a borrowed ladder.
Iceland Foods Limited has been fined a massive £2.5 million after being found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act after the employee of a contractor fell almost 3 metres when replacing the filters on an air conditioning unit. The workman fell from the plant platform through a suspended ceiling in a warehouse. An investigation discovered that the area of the platform in front of the access ladder was restricted and had several trip hazards. A risk assessment had not been carried out and there was no guardrail on the platform.
Weston-Super-Mare’s Coastguard was called out to rescue a man at Birnbeck Pier after he fell 20ft from an access ladder onto the rocks below. Coastguards were joined by paramedics who stabilised the casualty and then transported him to a waiting ambulance.
Last of all is the news that an 18 year old in Worcestershire has been foiled in her bid to become a “professional mermaid” due to health and safety legislation. Leia Trigger (aka Mermaid Aries) is appealing to Worcestershire swimming pools to allow her to swim in their pools. With ambitions to be a mermaid who attends children’s parties and other events, the hapless mermaid can’t make a splash with nowhere to swim