It is 40 years since the HSE provided a regulatory framework for health and safety in Great Britain. This framework has contributed to making Britain one of the safest places to work in the world. In light of this we are going to look back at changes to health and safety legislation, which can be traced back to 1802.
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Produced in consultation with the Access Industry Forum and other principal stakeholders - including the British Retail Consortium and Small Business Trade Association Forum - the new guidance advocates sensible and proportionate management of the risks and is in response to Professor Ragnar Lofstedt’s recommendation for clearer and simpler guidance on the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR). The Regulations themselves remain unchanged.
The revised guidance can be downloaded here -
Ladderstore recently attended the HSE & WWT Mock Trial at St George's Hall Law Courts in Liverpool which highlighted the legal consequences of a fall from height.
The event simulated the legal consequences of an employer neglecting their duty of care to an employee after a fall from height from a mobile access tower. Although some effort was made on the employer's part, the jury found in favour of the employee. The employer could not demonstrate that it had provided (beyond what is reasonably practicable) a safe working environment and received a fine of £60,000 plus £35,000. A stark warning to anyone potentially facing this issue in the real world!
If you would like to discuss 'duty of care' requirements for your employees when working at height, please call our team on 01204 590 232 or visit ladderstore.com where you can find information about working at height training, best practice and more.
Injuries and fatalities caused by falls from height are still prevalent in many day to day working environments. For this reason we are supporting the Ladder Associations Get a Grip campaign which sets out to ensure that everyone using a ladder is completely trained and competent to do so.
The HSE have issued a safety alert recently to all scaffolders, contractors and tower suppliers to spread the word out unauthorised access of scaffold towers. In this article you will find the relevant information about the action required and find a useful safety guide from PASMA.
There have been huge uptake on the sales of telescopic ladders which unfortuntely means unclassified, unsafe telescopic ladders are being imported into the UK. Don't get caught out, know the facts and stay safe.
Ladder classes can be confusing, and to top it off EN131 is changing in November 2017, but don't worry we have all the information you need.
Do you have a wobbly ladder? If the answer is yes you're in luck. This blog article will give you four tips to stabilise your ladder and ensure that when you are working at height you are doing it safely.
Regular ladder inspections are a vital part of working at height regulations of 2005. Ladders need to be inspected at regular intervals every 3,6 or 12 months depending of the frequency of use. We now offer a ladder inspection service, where an experienced and qualified member of our team will visit you on-site to inspect your equipment. If you would prefer to do this in house, we also offer Ladder Association accredited training which upon completion gives each delegate a Ladder Association ID Card as proof of competence.
Recently the owners of a Beverly shoe shop were fined £16,000 after an employee was seriously injured after falling from a domestic ladder. If you are using ladders at work be sure you are not using domestic ladders!
We have recently added two new products to our range of towers. The Boss Ladderspan 3T and The Boss Ladderspan AVG, these are both different methods of safely errecting a tower and this article will show you what these two methods are.
You may not be aware of this but at the moment there is no British Standard when it comes to Roof Ladders. This year the Ladder Association with the help of the HSE and other ladder user groups will together work towards creating a new standard to improve the safety of roof ladders for it's users.
Working around power lines should be avoided when possible because of the huge dangers involved. Sometimes you cannot prevent working around power lines so it is vital that you understand the risks and safety procedures.
The 26th October kicked off National Lorry Week which celebrates the role that this sector plays. If you realise it or not the Lorry plays a vital part in our everyday life and we want to ensure that this is recognised as well as keeping lorry drivers safe by helping them prevent falling from their lorries and to help them select the right equipment if necessary.
Ladderstore is now part of the Ladder Assocation Ladder Advocate scheme with the aim to keep people working with ladders informed about the latest ladder safety developments, best practice and standards.
The HSE publication regarding the safe use of ladders and stepladders says that a ladder should only be used when “a risk assessment has shown that using equipment offering a higher level of fall protection is not justified.” Ladders may be the perfect solution for low risk, short duration tasks and if you need to use a ladder you should make sure you are using the right equipment and you are using it safely.
It's day three of Health & Safety Week already! On Monday we gave you some general ladder safety tips and yesterday we took a look at ladder user competency. Today we will be telling you about what you should check before using a ladder and will also show you an easy way of keeping track of those regular inspections.
Inspecting and maintaining your equipment can play a vital role in ensuring your safety when working at height. Before any equipment is used you should carry out pre-checks to search for any obvious ladder defects. If it is not safe to use then DO NOT USE IT.
It's the second day of Health & Safety Week and as promised yesterday, today we will be talking about ladder user competency.
If you missed us yesterday, we gave you 5 ladder safety tips to ensure you are working safely at height.
Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Working at height can be dangerous if you are not aware of the potential hazards that may arise or comply to the working at height regulations of 2005.
Health and safety week is finally here and we are getting involved. Starting today and ending on Friday, we will be sharing with you our ladder safety knowledge and tips. "The aim of Health and Safety Week 2015 is to inspire employers and employees to embrace health in the workplace".
Ladder falls can happen for many reasons, for example; selecting the wrong equipment for the job, using a ladder incorrectly and not checking your equipment. Throughout the week we will brush up on all three of these, however today we will be start by sharing some general safety tips to help you avoid injury when working at height.