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Building inspection accident highlights the importance of ladder safety

02-08-2011 12:51 PM CET | Industry, Real Estate & Construction

Press release from: Browns Ladders

A 55-year-old health and safety inspector fell off a ladder onto a flat roof while he was checking office buildings.

The company who were employing the inspector to investigate their buildings in Exeter said the injured man was part of their maintenance team who was carrying out safety checks on the building when he fell.

A spokesman for the company said: "He suffered cuts and bruises but otherwise was unharmed and we wish him well in his recovery. We will be carrying out a full assessment of how this happened."

The Health and Safety Executive say risk assessments are essential to prevent accidents in the future.

Health and safety rules have been derided for lacking common sense following a number of cautious risk assessments.

In reaction this event, Browns Ladders, in Lancashire, is warning industry leaders to ensure they make sure their workers are fully aware of the risks of using ladders.

The Lancashire-based company is providing safety awareness courses - which are designed for companies who frequently use ladders or scaffold towers.

Industry experts have hailed the courses as key to reducing ladder and step ladder accidents.

With seven courses in total the programme includes safety at great heights, using equipment such as roof ladders and step ladders and first aid training.

Accredited by national bodies such as the British Ladder Association, the courses can take place on-site.

Browns Ladders is carrying out its on-site Ladder Inspections nationwide and can be carried out at 3, 4 or 6 monthly intervals.

Browns ladders invaluable on-site Health & Safety checks cover the inspection of all access equipment within the factory site, from general ladders and steps to machine stairways, tower scaffold and work platforms.

Browns Ladders will come on site and make sure that all access equipment is inspected, tagged, coded, dated and registered, should any item be found to be faulty at your request we can repair or replace with the least amount of interruption to work as possible.

By providing on-site ladder inspections nationwide, plus ladders and scaffold tower training courses, Browns Ladders helps company to comply with the current regulations.

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Browns Ladders offers a wide range of ladders across the UK for industrial, trade and domestic markets. It also provides specialist equipment such as wooden loft ladders, extension ladders, roof ladders, multi purpose ladders, vehicle access ladders and surveyor ladders.

Browns Ladders Ltd
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