If you don't provide your employees with the equipment they need, it can pose a serious safety risk to them, and a serious legal threat to your business. AU Roofing and Building Ltd found this out the hard way after one of their employees sustained serious injuries. We've got the inside scoop on the story for you here.

Back in October 2018, a team of employees from AU Roofing and Building Ltd were working on a roof in Elmes Avenue, Kent. The team of roofers were required to carry buckets of materials by hand down the scaffold access ladder to the street level below. 

One particular employee, Davey Battams, struggled to keep 3 points of contact with the ladder as he descended down the ladder, and fell the remainder of the way onto the pavement. Battams suffered serious back injuries and was unable to continue working. 

The HSE investigated this accident and was able to determine that the employer hadn't provided the basic lifting equipment aids that should be in place for tasks such as this. A simple wheel and pulley would have given workers a safer way to lower the broken tiles while dramatically reducing the chances of an accidental fall.

In court, AU Roofing and Building Services Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1974 and the court issued them a fine of £28,800!! On top of this, they were also ordered to pay legal cost amounting to £4,213.70. 

Don't make the same mistake!

At SafetyLiftinGear, we know that the right equipment could have prevented this accident from ever happening, and while we can't go back and change the past, we can advise you on how to work safely in the future. Here are just a few different pieces of equipment that AU Roofing and Building Ltd could've purchased to lessen the risk of a fall. 

Ladder Fall Protection

Our ladder fall protection kits are designed to keep you tethered to the ladder, preventing an accidental slip or fall from height. 

Powered Lifting Solutions

Designed to take the pressure completely out of your hands, our powered scaffold hoist can move cumbersome items from on top of the scaffold to ground level safely.

Manual Lifting Solutions

These simple, manual pulley systems can take the strain of heavy items and lower them to safety, leaving your hands free to grip the ladder.

Product Lifting Solutions

When you need to lift or transport important materials you'll find the following lifting solutions safe and easy to use.

If you can't find a lifting solution that fits the requirements of your upcoming job, don't hesitate to get in touch with us. Our friendly sales team will talk you through various different lifting options to help you find one that's right for the task at hand. 

In the past week, the team at SafetyLiftinGear have been busy helping out with an exciting project in partnership with lifting specialists, King Lifting!

The project was focused around helping to lift Dorian, a restored ship used in both World Wars, namely during the evacuation of Dunkirk.

King Lifting had previously purchased a number of round and webbing lifting slings from us to assist with other lifting applications but in order to lift the Dunkirk ship, further equipment was required.

This time around, SLG supplied a 12ft Modular Spreader Beam frame (4 x 4 meter) with associated shackles in order for the weight of the ship to be properly carried (tare weight of the boat on the crane was 9.7 tonnes), helping it on its way to the next part of its journey.

Eight long years have passed since restoration started on Dorian in 2011, but now she is ready to take to the sea again, ready for the Return to Dunkirk. Organised by the Association of Dunkirk Little Ships to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Operation Dynamo in May 2020, SafetyLiftinGear is proud to have played a small part in the ship’s long and historical story.

We have an extensive range of the spreader beams used to help lift the Dunkirk ship in stock, ready for both hire and full purchase, depending on your needs! And just like many other products in our vast collection, our beams are able to be customised with different configurations and extra struts. You can browse our spreader beams and see images from the project below.

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For more information on our range of lifting slings and spreader beams, be sure to get in touch with a member of the SafetyLiftinGear today by calling 0117 9381 600 or emailing sales@safetyliftingear.com.

The season of giving is far from over, as the whole team here at SLG have been working hard to expand our extensive product offering, providing our customers with even more quality lifting equipment.

Over the past week, SafetyLiftinGear has added several lightweight swivel lifting davits to help your lifting applications on-site run easier, smoother and safer. Available in a choice of working limits, Davit arms for lifting are very similar to jib cranes though limited in reach and capacity. Our collection of Davit arms is highly portable, so you can transport them along with you whenever and wherever lifting tasks are required. However, they can also be permanently fitted to a position on site where continuous lifting applications occurs.

Manufactured with galvanised materials to protect from the elements and corrosion, our Davits are perfectly suited for a range of environments, whether indoors or out.  these are designed to help carry out work effectively without risk of physical overload. As with many of our products, our lifting davits can be built to your exact specification to meet your lifting needs. Learn more about the product specifications of our lifting davits below.

Product specifications:

Ready-to-use in 5 seconds

Integrated winch and rope in an ergonomic modern design

Easy to transport, only 25kg

360° rotation over a built-in pivot bearing


Model: SD125

1st cable layer: 125/250/500kg

Last cable layer (7): 125/250/500kg

Crankforce 1st cable position: 10daN

Hoisting length one rotation, 1st layer: 20mm

Max cable storage: 24mtr

Diameter cable: 4mm

Davit weight: 25kg

Floor socket weight: 7kg 

For more information on any of our lifting davits available at SafetyLiftinGear.com, why not get in touch with a member of the SafetyLiftinGear team? To view our full range of Lifting Davits, hit the button below!

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