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Avoid Lending Ladders

It’s often the case that lending equipment like ladders and similar tools can put contractors, employers or staff at risk so it’s something that needs careful consideration.  When a contractor arrives on site and needs to use a ladder, the obvious thing is to just hand over the ladder without thinking too deeply about it.  Without the ladder, work would need to be stopped whilst the contractor hires or buys a suitable ladder for the task at hand.  This will cause delays which could result in problems between your company and the contractors in question.

Safety Ladders News Roundup – July, 2017

Ladder safety is an issue that gives cause for concern on a regular basis here in Britain.  We at Safety Fabrications are dedicated to providing our customers with the safest equipment possible.  Every month we scour the internet for news on ladders so that we can keep our readers up to date with what’s going on in the world of ladders and access equipment.  This is our news roundup offering for the month of July.  It would be interesting to know what you, the readers, think of the stories that feature here.  Please join in by adding your comments on our

Late Payments Still Plague the UK Construction Industry

The construction industry here in the UK lays the foundations for the country’s overall prosperity, building the infrastructure and housing that Britain needs and creating millions of jobs across the country.   Construction accounts for 6.7% of our economy, contributing almost £90 billion and comprising more than 280,000 businesses, with the construction contracting sector one of the largest in Europe when measured by employment, number of enterprises and gross value added.  Furthermore, the construction industry has a large supply chain, almost all of which is sourced within the UK, streng

Construction Site Security during the School Summer Holidays

With the school summer holidays well underway we’re seeing more children out and about on the streets, in the parks, in our towns, suburbs and countryside.  While most children nowadays are closely supervised during the summer holidays, that’s not always the case and there are still families that allow their children to go out for the day on their own and come home at tea-time.  Most of these unsupervised children will end up on local high streets in towns across the UK, looking for entertainment and stuff to do.  However, in some areas, children out playing on the streets in their neighbou

Accident Investigation – How to Get it Right – Part 2

Last week we had a look at accident investigation and gave some advice on how to get this right, and how a stringent accident investigation can aid duty holders in understanding the fundamental reason as to why the accident happened.  Once you know the immediate cause of the accident you can use the information gathered to make the requisite improvements that will help to prevent a similar accident from occurring in the future.  This, in turn, will improve your company’s safety culture

Stop Cutting the Red Tape

Following the tragic fire at Grenfell Tower we’ve seen so many news reports looking for somewhere to lay the blame and so many people have chipped in their opinions that it’s difficult to apportion the responsibility for the way in which the fire took hold so quickly.  It’s become patently obvious that the main reason that the fire spread throughout the tower block so rapidly was the type of cladding used on the outside of the building.  However, it seems that there were other reasons that so many people lost their lives after becoming trapped in the blazing inferno – there were no sprinkle

How to Stay Safe When Cleaning Conservatory Roof

It’s official, summer is definitely here in the UK, whatever the weather is like outside.  For those of us with conservatories, keeping the roof clean can be a bit of a challenge – it’s a difficult place to access and often ends up really dirty after the harsh winters we get here in the UK.  This past winter has been particularly severe, so your conservatory roof may have taken a bit of a battering and ended up needing more cleaning than usual and perhaps a little maintenance too.  Because falls from ladders are one of the most common causes of accidents here in the UK, we’ve put together s

Accident Investigation – How to Get it Right

Today we’re going to take a detailed look at what to do when there’s an accident in the workplace, taking a look at your obligations and what can be done to ensure that a similar accident doesn’t happen again.   A thorough accident investigation will help you to understand the fundamental reason why the accident happened, as well as its immediate cause.  This will help you to make the necessary improvements to help prevent accidents occurring in the future.  It will also enable you to improve your safety culture and, by gathering all the relevant information, it can be used in the event of