Don’t let this happen to you!
Posted on 23rd Jan, 2013 | By Lorretta Tatham
Working at height is one of the biggest causes of fatalities and major injuries.
Without taking proper safety measures, the most horrific accidents can occur – as these incidents, publicised by the Health and Safety Executive, demonstrate:
A window cleaner broke his ribs, fingers and arm after falling 2.3 metres from his ladder while cleaning the windows on a new house.
Even though the ground sloped away from the building, the ladder was unsecured and not footed properly.
The construction company had not produced a method statement and the injured man had received no health and safety induction when he arrived on site.
A 16-year-old farm worker sustained serious leg injuries following a ladder fall. He was attempting to fix a door runner 4.5 m from the ground when he overreached and slipped off.
It was later concluded that a forklift cage or tower scaffold should have been used, but the supervisor decided to use the ladder for a quicker job.
A ladder in poor condition
A ladder in poor condition with loose and bent rungs caused a self-employed installer to break his heel and other bones on a concrete floor.
He was fitting cavity wall insulation using a heavy diamond tube drill.
He fell 3m after he overreached. He has had major surgery several times but cannot walk without crutches and is unable to work.
Don’t be a victim
It is very important you follow Health and Safety Executive guidelines and have your ladders serviced regularly to ensure they are fit for use.
We’re here to help – take a look at our work at height training courses to ensure you or your employees never make a mistake.