6 Jun 2018

Ladder accident claims life

Ladder Fall from Height

A young man of only 20years has died after falling from a ladder at a railway station.

The emergency services arrived to Bearsden Station, East Dunbartonshire after reports were called in that a worker had been seriously injured after he fell from his ladder.

Officers remained on scene and made enquiries to establish how the man came to fall, However, the circumstances were not believed to have been suspicious.

Health and Safety Executive officials are now investigating the incident.

Falls from a height are still the biggest cause of accidental lethality in the workplace.

It is estimated that there are roughly two million step/ladders in use across the UK each day. It is therefore not surprising that step/ladders account for 40% est. of fall from height accidents.

Many ladder accidents could be stopped with worker training, a ladder inspections checklist and ladder safety precautions. Each ladder should be inspected using a ladder inspections checklist prior to using. Using a ladder inspections checklist ensures any faults or general wear and tear which could compromise the ladder are found prior to an unsuspecting user unknowingly risking their life.

Unfortunately ladder fatalities like the one above happen an average of 42 times a year. A truly shocking statistic.

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the individual concerned at this time.

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