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Feb
19
Worker who fell to his death was using ladder with "serious safety defects"
Posted On: 19-02-2015
A worker who died from a fall while installing guttering at a home in Llandudno was using a ladder with "serious safety defects", the HSE has said.
 
The ladder was supplied to Gethin Kirwan who'd been employed to carry out the work by Thomas Price, who runs a roofline products’ business. Mr Price was yesterday (February 18) fined £4,000 by the HSE plus £4,000 costs.
 
The HSE’s investigation found that the ladder provided by Mr Price was in an extremely poor state. Although HSE accepted the ladder was not responsible for Mr Kirwan’s fall, it did have a number of serious safety defects which had the potential to cause serious incidents. Two other ladders provided for use on the job had similar critical defects.

The HSE found the feet of the ladder were worn through, rungs were bent and one was missing. The defects were obvious through even a cursory inspection and made the ladder unfit for use.

HSE Inspector Chris Wilcox, speaking after the hearing, said: “Although Mr Kirwan’s death was not attributable to the ladder it was in an appalling state and should never have been used.

“All work equipment must be maintained in a safe condition for use and checked regularly for any damage. For ladders, a quick and simple visual check should be done to look for any obvious defects.

“The most common and critical issues are worn or missing feet and damage to the rungs and stiles which are very easy to spot.”