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No Excuse For Ladder Accidents

Large fine follows step-ladder fall

A company has been fined after the death of an electrician from a step-ladder fall, reports The Construction Index.

A self-employed electrical contractor was carrying out some work for a bakery when they fell off a step-ladder that was provided. The worker subsequently died from the injuries.

Hull Crown Court heard how the worker was contracted to complete electrical work for Greencore Grocery Ltd in Hull. In October 2013, the worker was wiring a motor situated above a machine whilst standing on a stepladder. The company agreed this work activity could be completed using a stepladder, which it had provided.

An investigation by the Health & Safety executive (HSE) found that Greencore failed to properly plan the work.

Greencore Grocery Ltd of Apex Park, Amsterdam Road, Sutton Fields Industrial Estate Hull, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Working at height is high risk

HSE inspector Denise Fotheringham said after the hearing: “Falls from height remain one of the most common causes of work related fatalities in Great Britain, the risks associated with working at height are well known.

“Work at height regulations require that all work at height is properly planned and appropriate access is provided. If Greencore had carried this out this death could have been prevented.”

Mr Plant Hire recommends ladder alternatives

London-based Mr Plant Hire offers an easy hire, far safer alternative to ladders, in the shape of the Pecolift.

For those looking for powered access to work at heights of up to 4.5metres, Pecolift, is the number one choice and a revolutionary improvement on step-ladders, platform steps and podiums. Here’s  at least five reasons why:

  • It’s Safe – Gone are the days of climbing steps or podiums.  No more slips, trips or having to balance! You’re always safe, fully guarded from the ground up and the system auto-brakes on elevation.
  • Practical –with a tiny footprint and at only 145kg, Peco-lift is very easy to push and manoeuvre even in the most confined areas.
  • Simple to use – it’s intuitive. You just step in and turn the handle and elevate it to your working height.
  • Cost effective – it requires no batteries, no charging and no mains power
  • And is virtually maintenance free.

Mr Plant Hire – Pioneering safety with PASMA and IPAF training

If you work at height, or have operatives who do, then investing in safety training is a must; and Mr Plant Hire can offer a range of IPAF and PASMA courses. They are a fully accredited PASMA training centre and frequently run the PASMA Towers for Users and Low Level Access courses, (either separately or combined), as well as half-day PASMA Work at Height courses. They also a variety of IPAF training courses for operators at all levels.

Contact Mr Plant Hire today to find out more about their safety training courses or their competitive rates for Pecolift hire.

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