A recent study by 3M who conducted a worldwide study into how different markets prioritise different PPE products showed gloves and hard hats high on the list. Whilst this year’s annual report from European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) argues that investment and training in health and safety procedures in the workplace has both economic and ethical benefits.
Director Mat Gray that heads up the companies Health & Safety said, “The two reports out this week demonstrate that high profile items such as gloves and ear protection have become almost mandatory in the UK. However, training for professionals working at height remains an area of lesser concern to the possible detriment of safety and productivity. The construction industry effectively dealt with the issue by banning any temporary access and introducing costly solutions such as scaffold or powered access. These are not practical options for most businesses and staff required to work at height require better training to correctly select and inspect the correct ladder or work platform for the task.”
Congratulations to Mat Gray & Chris Chivell who recently qualified fully as Ladder Association training professionals. David Gray, Director said, “We identified professional ladder training courses as an area that would benefit the real safety of our customers. So we are very pleased that Mat & Chris have successfully passed the rigorous training laid down by the Ladder Association”. The Work at Height Regulation (Reg 5) state a place is ‘at height’ if a person could be injured falling from it, even if it is at or below ground level. Regulation six goes on to state that those involved in work at height are trained and competent.”This is the first phase in developing our training program portfolio and we plan to add several other working at height disciplines shortly,” continued David Gray.
The new training courses will run from the recently expanded manufacturing centre at the Bridgend site. In a purpose built suite of air-conditioned offices and training rooms each with state of the art presentation facilities offer the perfect environment to learn and become competent, safe users of ladders and towers.
Bob Baldock, General Manager added, “The investment in training will allow us to meet increasing customer demand, and as we supply nationally, we can not only deliver the training at our factory in South Wales but also at our customer’s premises where that is more convenient.”
Places on training courses are available for booking now. Contact sales at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 029 2071 3000.
On April 7, a fall from a manually propelled mobile ladder stand sent Steve Wiggs, 47, to the hospital with critical injuries.
He later died because of those injuries. The Wichita office of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration performed an inspection of the Rubbermaid plant on April 26. In a letter dated June 21, OSHA area director Judy A. Freeman advised the company that a lack of training with mobile ladders was creating a fall hazard at the plant.
Production operators had not been provided with correct ladder training in how to properly use the ladders.
Freeman said no OSHA standard applied to the hazard and thus the issue did not rise to a level that would warrant a citation, or fine, from the agency. She asked that Rubbermaid instead voluntarily make an effort to have employees comply with safety standards and follow manufacturer’s standards for the ladders.