Nanny's Banning Ladders.

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Submitted by Mark Hubbard on Thu, 2012-01-26 20:19

Contractors could soon be banned from working on ladders after a serious fall by a worker on the demolition of the quake-crippled Hotel Grand Chancellor in Christchurch.

Emergency talks were called by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (Cera) and Department of Labour health and safety officials after last Friday's incident which hospitalised a 42-year-old worker with critical head injuries.

The government has just launched a crackdown on falls from height, which accounts for almost a quarter of all fatal injuries in the construction sector.

And now, it is understood that health and safety bosses want to introduce a complete ban on working from ladders on building sites across New Zealand.

Concommitant with this, regulations will be passed that there will be no new buildings built above 1.5 metres in New Zealand, which will also be consistent with building safe, earthquake proof structures.

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