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There are ten thousand gardening accidents


every year, one third of them involve people
falling off ladders. (Heard on Helicoper Heroes programme)

With gardening being a very popular retirement hobby,
these accidents often involve elderly people.
Could Goy members devise a Safety Code to prevent
these Accidents ?

The correct working method always used to be to have
another person standing on the bottom rung to provide
the correct balance.
Does this still apply ?
Should all ladders be tied to a fixture with a rope
at the top rung?
Should all new ladders be supplied with a hook at the
top that can be clipped to a fixture ?

Health and Safety Regulations seem to have missed out on this problem.

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I still hold ladder for OH and if poss he ties it off to a structure that is sound.
there are labels on the supports showing the correct angle to lean it at etc. so on our ladders lots of H&S instructions.

27 Feb, 2014


Good for you SB . So why are there all these accidents
reported involving retired people ? Must cost the NHS
a fortune.
Should there be some kind of safety harness that people
could wear, that clips onto a solid structure ?

27 Feb, 2014


Hi Diane, I think a lot of these accidents are probably caused by leaning over too far, rather than move the ladder, people tend to over reach themselves, resulting in falls, they just think; "I can just about reach that", and then realize too late, that they can't, Derek.

27 Feb, 2014


330 accidents per year for one reason is too high a figure for elderly people.

28 Feb, 2014


Got the maths wrong. One third of 10,000 is
Therefore in 3 years, 10,000 gardeners would be injured
by falling off ladders.
Thats too many.
Positive suggestions to reduce these figures would be
e.g. Remember Code DNRTF = Do not reach too far.

28 Feb, 2014


Those who learned to drive in the Army will remember
It meant the check we always had to do before driving out of the depot.
Water, Oil, Fuel, Lights, Tyres, Battery/ Bodywork.

Its this kind of Code that is needed to prevent accidents
involving ladders.

28 Feb, 2014


We are not making much progress on this issue.

28 Feb, 2014


Contrary to popular opinion Health and Safety Regulations apply to workplaces (as in employment) NOT to what we do in our own homes.
There are Working at Height Regulations 2005 which could be used as guidance for householders and the HSE has a leaflet see but, again, this is intended for workplaces.

(ps WOFLTB is much easier to remember as POWER - petrol, oil, water, electrics, rubber - though what we diesel car owners are supposed to do....)

3 Apr, 2014

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