Are Ladders Becoming Obsolete?

In times gone by, most workplaces had a ladder, even if it was just an average step ladder that was used for routine maintenance work such as changing light bulbs, reaching stuff on high shelves, etc.  Nowadays, nobody in the workplace here in the UK should climb a ladder unless they’ve had ladder safety training and the ladder has been maintained and inspected on a regular basis.  It seems at times as if we’re almost at the stage where ladders are becoming obsolete as we strive to provide safer solutions for gaining access to work areas that are difficult to reach. 

Apprenticeships – Great for Builders and Great for Britain

Here at Safety Fabrications we’re well aware of the skills shortage within the UK construction industry and we’re enthusiastic advocates of the government’s Apprenticeship programme which is vital in addressing the skilled workers in the sector.  Today we’re going to take a look at some new research carried out by the Federation of Master Builders which is based on the responses of 2,000 homeowners across the UK and the surprising revelations that were encountered.

A DIY Enthusiast’s Guide to Ladder Types

Ladders tend to come in a variety of types and sizes which means that choosing the correct type of ladder to suit the job at hand is not always obvious. This week we’ve summarised the most common types of ladders, together with the advantages of each and some of their typical uses.

·Extension ladders can reach to heights of up to 12m so are perfect for clearing gutters, decorating walls of a house. These are available in 2 or 3 sections, with 3 section ladders occupying less storage space to achieve the same working height.

What are Ladders Made of?


Here at Safety Fabrications we offer our products in a range of materials with optional finishes.  All of our products are fabricated in accordance with BS EN ISO 3834-2:2005 and BS EN 1090-2:2008.  Each item also carries the CE marking that demonstrates that they meet European Union health, safety and environmental standards.  We’re taking a look today at the different materials that our products are made from – mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium.


Uncertain Times Ahead for the UK Construction Industry

The latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA) are worrying for the construction industry as they reveal that growth prospects for the sector in 2018 have been downgraded as the UK prepares to leave the European Union (EU).  With output expected to decrease in the slowing economy, real wages are falling and the rising costs are having an adverse effect on the sector.  This has led to the slowest expected rise (0.7%) in six years which is down from 1.2% in previous forecasts.

The Construction Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

Recent reports suggest that the roofing industry here in the UK faces a crisis that has nothing to do with a shortage of skilled labour or materials.  This is a silent crisis that seems to be swept under the carpet but it affects dozens of roofing workers every year.  Figures released by the Office of National Statistics clearly demonstrate that the incidence of suicide among roofers, slaters and tilers is a massive 2.7 times higher than the national average!  In the five year period from 2011 to 2015, 1,419 people working in the construction industry committed suicide, compared with 217 fa

Tackling the Skills Shortage in the Construction Industry

Here at Safety Fabrications we’ve discussed the skills shortage that the UK construction industry is experiencing several times in the past, making sure our readers are kept fully informed on issues that affect our industry as a whole.  A recent analysis by a construction and railway consultancy has revealed that the skills shortage will only be tackled if employers take a proactive approach and go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to attracting new talent into the construction industry.  T

Worrying Survey Results on Health + Safety Protocol Following Workplace Accidents

Over the past few weeks we’ve been taking a look at the issue of accident investigation with some detailed information on what should be done when there’s an accident in the workplace followed by some advice on what should happen if the accident was a result of human error.  Coincidentally, we’ve recently come across a report on a survey which has revealed that 20

Innovation Station – The Shard

The Shard of Glass is a 95 storey skyscraper in Southwark, London and forms part of the London Bridge Quarter development.  At a whopping 309.7 metres (1,016 ft.) high, the Shard is the tallest building in the UK and the fourth tallest building in Europe.  Construction began in March 2009 and was completed three years later in March 2012.  The Shard boasts a privately operated observation deck, The View from the Shard which offers visitors the opportunity to take a high speed elevator to one of the viewing decks and take in some breath-taking 360 degree views of up to 40 miles across London

Freedom of Movement in Construction

Here at Safety Fabrications we are well aware of the skill shortage that we have here in the UK and it’s an issue that we’ve brought to the attention of our readers on several occasions.  In the run up to last year’s Referendum on remaining in the EU, we reported that the construction industry in Britain is likely to struggle to fill the skills gap which is currently being shored up by skilled workers from other parts of the European Union.  While the apprenticeship programme has been designed to address the skills shortage, it’s likely to be several years (if ever) before the UK has enough