Wednesday, August 22, 2007
The Dangers of Ladders
The Health and Safety Gestapo are at it again, pass the sick bag!
This time they have decreed that anyone on Nanny's payroll who intends to mount (can I say mount?) a ladder, needs approved ladder training.
Fair enough I suppose, if we are talking high ladders. However, the Gestapo have decreed that you need training even when the ladder is a mere 3 feet (or is it foot?) off the ground.
Failure to comply with this edict results in a fine of £5K.
There is a small irony here though, what sort of ladder only goes up 3 feet? The ladder used to install roadside speed indicators....
Lancashire County Council made an attempt to improve road safety, by installing electronic speed indicators which shame drivers into slowing down.
Thirty of the devices lie waiting to be put up on their roadside poles, but the council has found that it does not have enough staff qualified to go up ladders to install them.
Health and Safety Executive’s Working at Height Regulations 2005 (amended 2007) have been used by Nanny to stop Nanny putting up more speed indicators. Last year about 350 road deaths were ascribed to speeding. In the same period 14 people died after falling off ladders.
Lancashire used to have three roadside speed indicators, which were erected (can I say erected?) and maintained by the police. Policemen are qualified to go up ladders, but they are not qualified to teach other people how to do so. Now the police have decided that they are too busy to look after them.
Nanny has hoisted herself on her own petard!