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.

 

Consequences

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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The dangers of working at height have hit the headlines once again this week after two companies were heavily fined for putting their workers' safety at risk.

According to industry watchdog, Safety & Health Practitioner, an incident in April 2016 saw pipe repair workers in Bilston exposed to significant risk during a job at a warehouse owned by James Durrans & Sons Ltd.

The contractors, working for Kingswinford Engineering Co Ltd, were hired to fix pipework on the roof of the warehouse; however, the conditions provided were shockingly reckless, posing a variety of dangers for those working on the job.

 

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No Safety System

The nature of the task required workers to be hoisted to the roof in a forklift man-cage; however, the forklift fell short of the roof, leaving a three-foot gap.

The roof was then only accessible by climbing from the cage to the roof. Worse still, the roof itself was said to be slippery and wet with no protective barrier in place to prevent a fall.

An investigation by the HSE concluded that neither the warehouse owners or the repair company had conducted a proper risk assessment and no safety system had implemented for the job.

 

The Price of Safety

The HSE findings highlighted that both James Durrans & Sons Ltd and Kingswinford Engineering Co Ltd had assumed the other had the safety procedures covered.

This gross negligence led both parties to plead guilty to breaching sections of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

The result saw Kingswinford Engineering fined to the tune of £18k with costs of £9k, while Durrans & Sons were fined an even heftier £100k with costs of £20k.

 

Proper Precautions

The news story highlights the importance of worker/contractor safety on site and the financial ramifications associated with such an oversight.

Despite the lofty fines levied against both companies involved, the price could have been far steeper should an accident have occurred.

If you or your company are involved in working at height, suitable and appropriate fall protection measures are a must – it could save a life.

 

For more information on fall arrest and fall protection, call now on 0117 9381 600 or get in touch online using the button below.

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A full body harness is a harness designed to hold the wearer upright in the event of a fall from height. If worn correctly, a full body harness will distribute the energy generated during free-fall across the wearers' body evenly, reducing the potential for serious injury. 

Full-body harnesses should be the first choice when it comes to working at height because they offer:

  • Freedom of movement for the worker to get his or her job done.
  • Support for all body parts including; hips, legs, chest and shoulders.

How are full body harnesses designed?

When looking at how full body harnesses are designed, there are a few common features that you can expect to see on any full body harness:

When should you wear a full body harness?

Before you carry out any work at height, you should always assess the potential risks. Unfortunately, falling from height is a common cause of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. It's important that you know when a full body harness is, or isn't required. Your employee should carry out a full risk assessment before you carry out any work at height, notifying you if a full body harness is required while you complete your tasks.

Your employer might ask you to wear a full body harness if:

  • You are working at height – The working at height regulations 2005 define working at height as “Work in any place, including a place at or below ground level, where a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury”.
  • You're trained and authorised to work at height.

Choosing the right full body harness

In situations where a fall from height is a serious risk, you don't want to be putting on any old harness and making your ascent. Choosing a full body harness that suits your weight and job requirements is paramount for your safety. Your full body harness should always:

  • Be easy to use and easy to adjust
  • Fit you properly
  • Be free from damage, wear or tear
  • Allow you to move freely and easily as you work

All of our full body harnesses can be found in our height safety range. We stock a variety of full body harnesses including; children's full body harnesses, hi-viz full body harnessesfull body rescue harnesses and harnesses and lanyard rated to 140kgs. Give us a call on 0117 9381 600 if you have any questions.