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22 February, 2013

Hi
I am very pleased with the ZT Harness, had it for a week now and have worn it every day. I don't know I have got it on so very pleased. Most comfortable harness ever worn!
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IPAF accident report 2012

22 February, 2013

Interesting facts and figures on worldwide accidents involving Aerial platforms for 2012.

http://www.ipaf.org/en/resources/news/ticker/?tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=9521&cHash=70025df54b1fb0ecfad900d2806ec50a

Our Customer Feedback!

21 February, 2013

CHUBB ELECTRONIC SECURITY SYSTEMS, Matt Broughton was first employee to use his new ZT Safety Harness on a recent Facelift training course and was so impressed he sent us a photo and the following feedback;

"Great piece of kit. Very comfortable. Easy to work with and to keep on. If your working all day with harness on I would recommend this piece of kit great price!"

Regards
Matt

COMING SOON!!!!

21 February, 2013

About to be launched...........the New Rear attachment ZT Dual Safety Harness.

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Theme park fined for accident on rollercoaster

13 February, 2013

A Theme park company has been taken to court after a worker suffered injuries in a fall from height from a rollercoaster walkway at the Windsor theme park.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigated the rollercoaster accident after the worker broke his shoulder and several ribs after falling from a walkway on the ride. The 42 year old unnamed worker from Bracknell fell from a height of more than three metres. He had been working on a task to remove two damaged roller coaster trains from the track at the time of the accident.
The worker has since returned to work but the rollercoaster accident has been taken to court by the HSE, where the company has been fined £23,200 for their part in the injuries sustained by their employee.

The man was part of a team using a lifting operation to remove the damaged parts of the Dragon Coaster ride. He stepped on a section of the walkway which had been removed and replaced but not secured in place and fell to the floor below.
Despite the accident, the work continued the next day without any amendments to procedure or the section being made secure for the sake of others. A risk assessment highlighted the mistakes that management had made regarding this specific task. Harnesses and lanyards should have been used in the procedure but were not.

After the hearing, HSE Inspector Karen Morris said:
“This incident and the injury to the worker were avoidable and show the importance of using safe systems of work when carrying out tasks at height.
“It is quite unacceptable that the day after someone was injured in this way, more work is carried out to complete the task, and allowed to continue in the same way with inadequate fall protection or fall prevention measures in place.
“The dangers of falls from height are well known, and the company was placing employees at unnecessary risk.”

Contractor wins £1.4M for 3M ladder fall!

24 January, 2013

A subcontractor who was left almost paralysed after falling more than three metres from a ladder has been awarded £1,495,200 in damages.

The victim, a foreman of a team that was stripping and retiling a roof in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, was climbing down scaffolding using a portable ladder to take a delivery when he fell.

He suffered head injuries in the October 2008 incident, which left him unable to use his arms and legs.

At the Court of Session in Edinburgh, the contractor who subcontracted the work to the victim was found to be liable.

In her judgment, the judge said the firm had clearly given no thought at all about how workmen might gain access to scaffold erected at the site. No risk assessment was provided, nor was there any method statement for the work.

Once the men were given a portable ladder there was no proper plan or safe system for its use.

Though the victim had 40 years’ experience and had attended training courses in the use of ladders, the judge said she believed he was 20% to blame for the accident but added he “should not have been put in the position he was”.

The contractor had not provided a fixed ladder at the site because of problems with vandals and the portable aluminium ladder used was not securely tied in place on the day of the accident.

The ladder had obviously once been part of a multi-section ladder, and at one end had guard rails into which another section would feed.

At the other end, the rubber stop was entirely missing from one foot. The ladder, which had the name of the contractor written on the side, was generally in poor condition with stiles which moved in and out and damaged rungs.

The men devised their own method of using the ladder — it was stored flat on the first level of the scaffold and when they arrived on site each morning one of them would climb the scaffold and lower the ladder.

One worker would hold it in place from the top while another two men climbed it; the ladder would then be placed flat on the scaffold again for storage, reversing the process for descending.

The contractor had employed a health and safety adviser, who had prepared risk assessments for other sites, but none had been prepared for this site.

It had been left to the scaffolders to decide what means of access should be adopted. There were no plans prepared for setting up the scaffold.

The court heard the company had no specific policy regarding the means of access to scaffolding; it would depend on the nature of the job. The men were given no instructions about how to gain access to the scaffold at this site and were not given instructions about securing the ladder or equipment.

The victim claimed he always tied the ladder using a blue nylon rope which was left looped round the scaffold, but his employer could not show the strapping was available and the judge said the victim should be given the benefit of the doubt.

Both sides in the dispute had agreed on a figure for damages but the contractor disputed liability. “Inattention on the part of a workman is precisely one of the risks which the statutory duty is there to guard against,” concluded the judge.

After the accident, the HSE insisted a fixed ladder be erected through the middle of the scaffolding, with a fence and gate system around it to prevent unauthorised access.

Following advice from the HSE, the contractor introduced a ladder register and a system for checking ladders.

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24 January, 2013

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Queen of the Forest!!!

06 December, 2012

Each year since 1947, a Christmas tree, usually a 50-60 year old Norwegian Spruce or aptly named by the foresters as “the queen of the forest” has been given to the people of London from the people of Norway in gratitude for Britain's support for Norway during World War II.
For many Londoners the Christmas tree and carol singing in Trafalgar Square signal the countdown to Christmas.
This year, Power Access Company, Facelift, were given the privilege of putting the tree up to mark the 65th anniversary of the tree –giving ceremony.
The safety of their operatives was paramount for such a challenging project, so equipped with the latest ZT Safety Harnesses and using the Bronto 34 they assisted for over 5 hours in decorating the tree, putting the lights up, and last but not least putting the Star on top.
The Christmas tree will be taken down again just before the twelfth night of Christmas and will be re-cycled to make mulch.

Man falls into sewage well!

15 November, 2012

A West Midlands contractor has been fined after a worker fell and slid seven metres into a sewage well on a housing job in Halesowen.

The 34-year-old from Walsall, who has asked not to be named, was clearing a blockage at a partially completed housing development when the incident occurred on 26 August last year.

A pump at the bottom of the sewage well had stopped working because it had become blocked with “rag”, bulky waste material like nappies.

To remove the waste the employee used a road tanker with pump and hose attachments. He opened a grid at the top of the well and stood over it to support and manipulate the hose.

As he did the hose kicked back and hit him, causing him to lose balance and fall into the chamber.

He managed to grab the hose as he fell and slid down it into the waste at the bottom where he stood disorientated for around twenty minutes before he realised he had his mobile phone with him and was able to call for help.

He ingested raw sewage, sustained friction burns to his arms, and bruised his elbows, knees and head in the fall. He was off work for a number of days.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the employee had been trained in the use of the pumping equipment but had not received any instruction or training in how to empty deep, below-ground sewage wells with specific regard to the risks involved with working at height.

The company pleaded guilty to breaching safety regulations at Dudley Magistrates’ Court and was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £3,000 in costs.

After the hearing HSE inspector Anthony Woodward said:”The incident was entirely preventable.

“The nature of the work meant the worker was right next to, and leaning over, the deep well. Although he was working at ground level the depth of the pit meant he was working at height so reasonable precautions to prevent a fall should have been provided by the company, such as a worker’s restraint or harness.

“He was lucky to escape serious injury or further harm. If he had not have grabbed onto the hose to slow his fall, he might even have been killed. It was an extremely unpleasant experience that he should have been protected from.”

Scaffolder has damaged part of brain removed due to fall

07 November, 2012

An untrained scaffolder had to have the frontal lobe of his brain removed after suffering severe head injuries in a 2.5m fall.

The worker fell from the first lift of the scaffold as it was being dismantled. He was passing boards down to another worker when he lost his footing and fell to the concrete below.

The man, from Rainham, Kent, suffered severe head injuries and needed surgery to remove the frontal lobe of the brain.

He spent many weeks in hospital and now has memory and behavioural problems and is unable to walk far. He is unlikely to be able to work again.

The Health and Safety Executive prosecuted the Scaffolding company and the director both of Gillingham, Kent after following the incident at a property in Meopham, near Gravesend, on 25 January this year.

Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court heard that the Scaffolding company had a three-man team on site to dismantle the scaffolding. The director was the only trained scaffolder amongst them.

The injured worker was standing on the first level of the scaffold and was lifting the boards and passing them to a colleague below.

The platform had been six boards wide and was down to three when he lost his footing and fell. The edge protection had already been removed.

The director and the company both pleaded guilty to safety breaches and were both fined £2,000 with £1,000 costs each.

After the hearing HSE Inspector Melvyn Stancliffe said: “This is a very stark example of the tragedy that can result from a task carried out at height without proper thought and planning.

“It has resulted in life-changing injuries for the worker and has had a devastating impact on his family. In addition, the director was a personal friend, and he also has to live with the consequences of his role in the incident.

“What happened that day was totally preventable if simple working methods had been followed and the untrained workers had been more closely and better supervised to ensure they carried out the work safely.

“The scaffolding industry has produced guidance on the safe working methods to follow and this case sadly reflects the harsh reality of not doing so.”