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. 

Christmas came early for a Welsh steelworks this week as SafetyLiftinGear came bearing gifts in the form of industrial lifting equipment.


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Lifting Gear Hire from SLG

SLG’s Cardiff depot rented out a whole host of heavy-duty haulage products to a local site ahead of planned maintenance works over the Christmas period.

The sizeable hire consisted of some of our most popular industrial-use items, including the following:

With 11 of each product, the client looks set to make light work of any heavy lifting that comes their way over the Christmas period.

Should St Nick need any help lugging presents while he’s soaring over Wales, he’ll know exactly where to go for a helping hand.


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SLG Air Hoist and Beam Clamps Hire

The specialist air hoists ordered by the firm are capable of lifting up to six tonnes in weight, which equates to roughly the same as a fully-grown African elephant.

While it’s unlikely the guys and gals at the Welsh steelworks will be using these air hoists for such a mammoth task, it’s reassuring to know that our air hoists are more than fit for the job.

Meanwhile, our beam clamps are no weak link either. In fact, they are capable of lifting about the same weight as a cruise ship anchor, ensuring any industrial heavy-lifting tasks are plain sailing all the way.


Lifting Gear Hire from SLG

If you are interested in hiring any lifting equipment for your heavy-duty hauling, why not get in touch with SLG today? We offer a huge range of lifting gear for a wide variety of tasks and are sure to have just what you need to get your job off the ground.


To find out more about our lifting gear for hire, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or get in touch online by clicking the button below.

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A chemical firm has been handed a hefty fine after a worker suffered a nasty injury following a fall off a ladder.

The incident occurred at the company’s site in Workington when the employee was attempting to inspect a steam leak at height.

While scaling a ladder to do so, the ladder failed, resulting in the worker falling two metres to the ground below, incurring a serious elbow injury in the process.


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Further Investigation

The incident resulted in the firm, Vertellus Specialties UK Ltd, being investigated by the Health and Safety Executive.

Following their inquiry, the HSE soon concluded that the company had failed to ensure that the job was adequately planned and managed.

Meanwhile, the HSE also surmised that Vertellus had failed to inspect the equipment and ensure it was fit for use.



While the incident took place back in June 2018, the verdict was only reached this past week.

The hearing saw company representatives plead guilty to breaching Section 2(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The results left Vertellus Specialties UK Ltd with a lofty fine of £120k with over £5k in costs.


Ladder Safety Equipment

Such an incident could have been avoided if the appropriate cautionary steps had been taken in advance.

At SLG, we have a variety of ladder safety equipment to help prevent such instances from occurring and minimise the risks of injury, ranging from removable wall anchors to fall protection kits.

Meanwhile, we also offer permanent structural solutions in the form of our Rung Mounted Permanent Vertical Fall Arrest System, compatible with a demountable mobile anchorage device for additional safety and enhanced freedom of movement.

With so many options available in terms of ladder safety equipment, there’s really no excuse for placing workers at risk. Keep your employees safe when working at height and protect your business at the same time with ladder safety equipment from SLG.


For more information on precautions for working at height or ladder safety equipment, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or get in touch online by clicking the link below.

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Both Metcalfe Roofing & Building Services Ltd and PDR Construction Ltd have been fined following an incident that saw a worker fall three metres through a mesh roof while working at height.

The incident in question took place on 21 July 2016 at a job in Coulby Newham, resulting in painful injuries to the fallen worker, notably including multiple back fractures.


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A Nasty Fall

While moving materials during a routine roof installation at a new KFC Drive Thru, the worker unwittingly stepped onto a fragile mesh roof that was not fit to withstand a substantial load.

An investigation by the Health & Safety Executive determined that the contractors, Metcalfe Roofing & Building Ltd, had failed to prevent access to the exposed area, ultimately resulting in the accident.

Further investigation by the HSE also discovered that Metcalfe Roofing had failed to plan and conduct the work in a safe and fitting manner.

Crucially, principle contractors, PDR Construction, were also found to have failed in their attempts to plan, manage and monitor the construction phase appropriately.


A Heavy Price

The accusation of negligence led PDR Construction to plead guilty to breaching Regulation 13(1) of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations, resulting in a £225k fine with £8k costs.

Meanwhile, Metcalfe Roofing was saddled with a lesser £2k fine after pleading guilty to breaching Regulation 4(1) of the Work at Height Regulations 2015.


An Unnecessary Risk

The incident once again highlights the importance of on-site worker safety, particularly when it comes to those working at height.

At SafetyLiftinGear.com, we supply a wide variety of precautionary height safety equipment that would have been ideal for this kind of job.

Had such precautions been taken, it’s highly unlikely that such an incident would have occurred. Keep your workforce safe by providing them with appropriate safety equipment from SLG.


For more advice on working at height and the appropriate safety measures you can take to avoid needless falls, why not drop us a line today? Call now on 0117 9381 600 or click the button below to get in touch online.

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At SafetyLiftinGear.com, we don’t just strive to offer you the best lifting gear and accessories available, we also go the extra mile to ensure your lifting job goes off without a hitch.

Take this recent delivery job in Bridgewater for proof of just that!


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How to Move a Window

A customer got in touch ahead of a moving job with an unusual query involving glass moving.

The task involved transporting a fully-constructed, six-metre-long window across uneven ground for fitting.

The window itself was part of a sliding patio door frame that weighed in at over 600kg, making manoeuvrability difficult yet stability a must.

Luckily, our expert staff were on hand and coffee-fuelled, ready to get on the case with a solution for this tricky transport quandary.


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Window Moving Equipment

One of our trusty team members came up with the ingenious idea of using two of our rough terrain pallet trucks, placing one on each end of the frame, to provide instant mobility with constant stability along the way.

With glass doors secured in place, the windows were able to be safely moved from A to B without endangering the glass in the slightest.

The heavy-duty tyres were more than capable of taking the load, while they also provided ample grip for a firm footing on the difficult terrain.

Meanwhile, the simple steering and guiding axis kept the journey steady and turned an impossible task into a job well done.


If you have a lifting job that’s a real head-scratcher and causing you haulage headaches, why not drop us a line? No job is too big for SafetyLiftinGear.com, so get in touch today on 0117 9381 600 or drop us an email using the link below.

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