Working at height courses can be a real lifesaver

Posted on 21st Apr, 2014 | By Lorretta Tatham

ladder-safety

Here at Browns Ladders, we supply our customers with a wide range of top quality access equipment, including ladders and steps – but that’s only half the battle. As another industry professional is injured in a fall from a ladder, we take a look at the importance of reputable working at height training to accompany your equipment.

Tamworth trade injured in fall from ladder

Earlier this month, a Tamworth man was airlifted to hospital with suspected spinal injuries following an industrial accident. The man was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by a West Midlands Ambulance Service helicopter after falling from a ladder on top of a storage container.

An ambulance, paramedic support officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were dispatched to the scene, along with police and firefighters who were there to lift the man to safety using a hydraulic platform.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service commented:

“Crews were called to reports of a man who had become injured after falling from a ladder whilst on top of a storage container. The man, who is believed to have been trying to access a higher stacked container had fallen from a lower rung of the ladder.”

Small slips can have big consequences…

As with the latest worrying incident in Tamworth, slips and trips when working at height can have catastrophic consequences – and not just when you’re balanced at the top of a ladder.

Twisting awkwardly when you fall, landing on an uneven surface or just suffering a jarring impact can all result in serious injury, which is why working at height training courses are a crucial part of working in industry, even if you only use low-level access equipment.

Build confidence with our Working at Heights training course

Working at height courses are a vital part of keeping yourself and your employees safe. One false move or bad decision when working at height can have life-changing – or even fatal – consequences, so invest in working at height courses today and protect your workers.

At Browns Ladders, our Working at Heights training course covers a wealth of information in just half a day, and can be combined with our other courses – such as our In House Ladders and Steps training course – to provide you and your staff with a solid grounding in safely working at height.

For more information on our Working at Heights training course, contact us today and talk to a member of our friendly and knowledgeable team.

Do you have first-hand experience of how catastrophic a fall at work can be? Tell us in the comments or tweet us @BrownsLadders.

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