fire fighter in protective gear climbing a ladder

When it comes to making rescues in emergency situations, there’s nothing more important than making sure you have the right equipment for the job. Having faulty or unreliable equipment in emergency escape situations could cause injury, or in worse-case-scenarios, a fatality.

In the year 2020/2021, the fire and rescue services in the UK attended 636,071 incidents. In that period, there were 311 fire related fatalities.

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World Day for Health and Safety at Work

When it comes to health and safety in the workplace, you can never be too cautious. In 2020/2021, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported that over "441,000 working people sustained an injury at work", and "142 people were killed at work". Those statistics are pretty shocking and a stark reminder of why health and safety in the workplace is so important. More...

how to avoid overreaching while on a ladder

When you're working on a ladder, it's vital that you avoid overreaching because this can cause you (and your ladder) to fall. Time and time again, people get up the ladder and realise they've not quite positioned their ladder right for working. Rather than climbing back down, moving the ladder a few inches to the left or right and climbing back up again, they simply extend their reach. This is where dangerous accidents can occur!

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how to hold a ladder for someone

STOP RIGHT THERE! If you've been asked to hold a ladder for someone while they work at height, please do not agree to do so! Holding a ladder for someone not only puts them at risk but puts you at risk too. Nowadays, there is absolutely no need for someone to hold a ladder for you while you climb, there are a number of safer, more reliable ways to secure a ladder that will prevent accidental slips and falls.

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Man using an unsecured ladder

Falling off a ladder can result in some very serious injuries, so before you put your foot on that first rung, it's important to make sure that the risk of a fall is as low as possible.

For example, if you're planning to use the type of ladder that leans against a wall, you must first ensure that the ladder is properly stabilised.

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