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“With so many undergraduate
students occupying PBSA, the
general risk profile is relatively
high, particularly when it
comes to fire safety”
accommodation – Sugarhouse Close, located
just off Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Bilco also
supplied OS2 control panels for the smoke
vents. The control panels are dual purpose.
The battery backup system ensures that in the
event of a mains power loss, the vents will still
open due. The control panel also allows the fire
officer to manually override the smoke control
system if necessary.
Bilco’s NSHEVs are available in standard
and customised sizes, and form part of an
integrated approach to design, construction and
fire safety. The range is fully-compliant with
the Construction Products Regulation 305/2011.
Ventilators are supplied CE-marked with a
Declaration of Conformity and manufactured
to meet the demands of Building Regulations,
Approved Document B, BS9999 and EN12101-2,
guaranteeing a high build quality and a product
that is operationally reliable.
consider ladder safety
As falls from height remain the highest
cause of workplace accidents, access
equipment provider, WernerCo, is
issuing a warning that anyone failing
to follow correct procedures could
face a hefty fine or even a prison sentence.
According to the Health and Safety
Executive, in the UK 40% of working at height
accidents occur when using ladders, and the
majority of those happened when safe access had
not been provided.
However, it’s not just personal safety that is
put at risk. Recently a scaffolder was spared jail
after not following the correct procedures when
working 60ft up the side of a building. The court
ruled that not only their personal safety was at
risk but also that of the public.
Jamie Brassington, product manager at
WernerCo, said: “Although working at height
is unavoidable in many industries, we are keen
to promote safe practices when using access
equipment. It may seem obvious that risk
assessments and equipment checks be carried
out prior to even setting one foot on a ladder,
but thousands of accidents are still occurring
By also failing to safeguard employees
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who are using working at height equipment,
your company could be liable and face some
hefty fines. Most recently a leading British
supermarket chain was issued with a fine of £2.5
million after breaching the Health and Safety at
Work Act 1974, when a contractor was fatally
injured due to a fall from height.
Jamie added: “At WernerCo we have
done our best to address safety concerns by
offering dedicated ladder training courses
in conjunction with the Ladder Association,
and have introduced many safety features to
our products, from edge bracing to lock-in
accessories, meaning you can take fewer trips
up and down the ladder.
“To ensure maximum safety, choosing the
correct equipment is paramount. Considerations
should be placed into such things as load
capacity, including the weight of the tools and
materials being used to carry out the job, and
the time spent working at height.”
To learn more about safe working at
height practices, WernerCo holds monthly
training sessions for both users and inspectors.
The courses comprise practical and theory
assessments, covering when and how to use,
how to handle and how to store a ladder, as
well as how to highlight potential hazards. For
inspectors, delegates can learn how to assess
and determine when it is appropriate to inspect
a ladder or stepladder, and how to recommend
the correct action if faults are found.