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Ladders Through the Air

Amazon Prime Air to deliver parcels quicker than ever! Drones may use lamp posts, "church steeples, office buildings, and radio towers" as perches. Utilising this ground-breaking new technology, Amazon Prime could one day be able to deliver packag...

Storm Damage: Scaffolding Up in ...

Storm Damage: Scaffolding Up in Bradford The Bradford branch of TSB bank will be covered in scaffolding for the coming months as repair work begins on the roof after it was recently hit by high winds. Badly Damaged During the winter storms, whi...

Loch Ness: Castle Scaffolding Op...

Loch Ness: Castle Scaffolding Open To Public Urquhart Castle gives a unique vantage point which overlooks Scotland's world famous Loch Ness. The public will now have an even better view of the loch, thanks to the scaffolding erected as part of cons...

London's Getting Taller

London's Getting Taller! The number of people working at height in London is set to change dramatically in the next few years, due to the fact that double the number of skyscrapers and tall buildings are in the planning stages compared to two years ...

US Capitols's Scaffolding Coming...

US Capitol's Scaffolding Coming Down Scaffolding which has covered the dome of the Capitol building in Washington DC is going to begin to come down this month, as construction and restoration is completed on one of the most iconic structures in the ...

Hymer Partnership with Sterk Sys...

Sterk Systems are delighted to announce a new development in their partnership with Hymer Leichtmetalbau GmbH & Co KG. Hymer, who are based in the picturesque Bavarian region of southern Germany, have built up a worldwide reputation for quality ...

Reading's Tower: A lot of scaffold

Reading's Tower: A lot of scaffold For the past few months the Thames Tower in Reading has been hidden by a wall of scaffolding while redevelopment work is carried out. The scaffold will remain in place for some time to come, with the work only...

Builders' Liability: US v UK

Builders' Liability: US v UK If an employee is injured when working at height, the liability faced by the builder can vary greatly depending on the jurisdiction in which the injury occurred. In the US there is currently great concern about the so ca...

Storm Gertrude hits Scottish Sca...

Storm Gertrude hits Scottish Scaffolding Last month Storm Gertrude brought high winds and disruption, with winds reaching speeds of 80mph battering building developments across Scotland. In the Cairngorm mountains, winds peaked at a breezy 144mph...

Castle Drogo Unwrapped

Castle Drogo Unwrapped Castle Drogo, one of the West Country's most enigmatic historic buildings, is finally going to lose the distinctive scaffolding in which it has been wrapped for over a year. The imposing stately home, built in 1911 and f...

Vicar Scales Scaffold in Money R...

Vicar Scales Scaffold in Money Raising Bid When vicar Rev Bernadette Hegarty discovered that St Paul's, Bow Common, in London's East End needed over £100,000 worth of urgent repair work carried out, she decided to take matters into her own hands - a...

Keep off the grass

Builders in Plymouth came up with an ingenious way of avoiding walking on the grass while carrying out repairs to roof tiles on a block of flats; they constructed a scaffold walkway that is 30ft high and 60ft long. The towering walkway allows work...

Titan News 2016

British Ladder Manufacturer set for new start continuing their 80 year history. Sterk Systems have just received the following update on Titan ladders and we are pleased to share the good news with you: An investor from the West Midlands has ...

Ecobuild 2016: What To Expect

As it enters its 11th year the UK's leading event for the construction industry, Ecobuild, has teamed up with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) to bring the biggest and best conference yet. Ecobuild have surveyed 2,500 visitors and exhibitor...

Amazing Scaffold inside US Capitol

The famous Dome of the United States Capitol building has been shrouded in scaffolding for the past 2 years. The 150 year old cast iron dome was last repaired in 1960, but in November 2014, a new project to restore the landmark was launched. Extens...

New Year on High

If you are still trying to figure out the best way to celebrate the coming New Year, why not take some inspiration from last year's celebrations, featuring the highest building in the world. World Record Breaker The Burj Khalifa, the world's talle...

Christmas at Height

Does putting up your Christmas decorations sometimes seem like a bit of a chore? Well, spare a thought for the poor soul that had the task of putting lights and tinsel on these spectacular Christmas trees from around the world... The World's Tall...

Scaffolding As Art

When you hear the word art, the first thing that comes to mind might be an oil painting or sculpture. The chances are the last thing thing you would think of is scaffolding. However, as the artists below show, scaffolding is as versatile in the art wor...

Winter Storms Batter UK Scaffolding

Winter Storms Batter UK Scaffolding November and December have seen a series of powerful winter storms which have battered the UK. Winds have reached over 80mph in some cases, bringing down scaffolding and causing chaos across the country. Storm...

Using Ladders For Specialist Access

Using Ladders For Specialist Access When working at height, it is vital to ensure that the right health & safety protocols are followed, implemented and executed. Jobs involving specialist access often involve the use of ladders, and every comp...

Scaffold Alarm Launched at Build...

Scaffold Alarm Launched at Buildshow 2015 An exciting revelation took place at the 2015 Buildshow construction event, held 6th-8th October at the NEC Birmingham, as VPS Site Security unveiled their brand new scaffold alarm. Construction sites that ...

Scaffolding Collapses in UK Capital

Considerable roadside damage occurred in West London after a long stretch of scaffolding suddenly collapsed. Road users and pedestrians in the town of Hayes were simply going about their day when the construction abruptly tumbled to the ground. Desp...

Record numbers Working at Height...

The 2015 Nationwide Platforms Working At Height Forum attracted a record number of attendees in October, with more than 220 industry delegates arriving to show their support. The event took place at The Belfry Hotel in Warwickshire and proved to b...

Tower Week 2015 - Set for Success

Tower Week 2015 There are few more important events regarding the construction industry aspects of UK health and safety than Tower Week - and the fourth edition is set to be the best yet. Taking place this week, Tower Week focuses on promoting the...

Firm Fined after Employees Fall ...

An agricultural services company has received a fine after two workers took a tumble from a tele handler in north Lincolnshire. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) pressed charges against Henzell Enterprises Ltd after a basket attachment on a for...

Ladder Exchange 2015 Launched

The pioneering Ladder Exchange campaign has now been launched for the year of 2015. Established by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) governing body eight years ago in 2007, this innovative scheme has previously resulted in a staggering amount ...

Scaffolding Firm Fined

A scaffolding firm has been fined over £60,000 after one of their employees suffered a fatal fall when the ladder he was using collapsed underneath him.   Graham Readfearn was working on a loft conversion in the area of Chorlton, Manchester ...

Massive Fireworks Ladder Explode...

A magnificent fireworks ladder climbing an astonishing 500 metres into the sky has been captured on film by gaping onlookers in China. Cai Guoqiang, an artist and pyrotechnics enthusiast from Quanzhou City, put on the display specially for the ...

Wet Weather Working

The autumn season is always subject to some unpredictable temperatures and erratic weather conditions - be it swirling rain or gale-force winds. Whilst many workers in the country have the luxury of being able to retreat into the warmth of the...

Builder Falls Despite Safety Har...

A workman has fallen to his death after crashing through a glass canopy in Exeter - despite wearing the safety harness issued to him on site. Phillip Evans, 60, was working on repairing some damaged glass features above the entrance of a De...

National Safety Symposium

One of the major health & safety events in the country is now about to enter its 40th year. The National Safety Symposium has been a place where ambassadors for safety in the workplace have congregated for four incredible decades, and this l...

Does Health and Safety Have An I...

Does Health & Safety Have An Image Problem? In the past, corporations have often regarded health and safety procedures to be nothing more than a burden - a stumbling block that gets in the way of managing a profitable business. Results from rece...

6 Men Arrested For Climbing Crane

A total of six men were arrested for climbing a construction crane in North Vancouver a few weeks ago, all of whom are suspected to have been under the influence of alcohol. An innocent bystander spotted two men in the early twenties sat atop of the...

Hospital for Scaffold Worker aft...

A worker was rushed to hospital with potential head injuries after falling six metres from a scaffolding tower on the 26th June. The incident took place on the Newmarket Road, Cowlinge so it was the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust who w...

Working At Height Still A Major ...

Falling from height is the most common cause of death in the workplace and counts for almost a third of workplace injuries in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). New figures released by the HSE for the past year indicate tha...

Fines for Scaffolding Contractor

Dangerous scaffolding spotted in West London has resulted in fines for a contractor and a property developer. The breach took place during the conversion of a building into a new hotel; the site was owned by Chart Forte Court Ltd. They had contracted L...

New Paris Skyscraper Planned

French construction teams are likely to be working at height in the capital soon, as the authorities are backing plans to build Paris's first modern skyscraper in 40 years. The proposed design is for an ultra-modern striking triangular structure, whic...

Eyesore Scaffolding Months Late

Eyesore Scaffolding Months Late What happens when scaffolding that was supposed to be in place for six weeks... is still there six months later? According to some business owners in Dundee, the slow strangulation of surrounding businesses. A B-li...

Firefighters Climb Everest for C...

Mansfield Market Place played host to a fantastic charity event last Saturday, when local firefighters climbed the height of Mount Everest - by ladder! The firefighters climbed a 13.5 metre ladder again and again, scaling a total of 8,848 metres - t...

Stockport Company Fined Followin...

Working at height carries inherent risks, and we would all do well to remember the potential pitfalls. A Stockport based company has been fined after a worker was injured falling on site. Solutions SK Ltd was fined £7,000 after a worker suffered a bro...

Scaffolding on Winchester Cathedral

Scaffolding doesn't get more serious than that which has recently been placed on Winchester Cathedral. The building, which is almost 1000 years old, has been fitted with an enormous 27-tonne scaffolding frame. It's the biggest scaffolding struc...

CISRS Loophole Closed

The Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme is closing a loophole regarding the attendance of its Part 1 Scaffolding Training course. The CISRS have announced a new minimum requirement for those who want to go on the course: attendees must ...

Scaffolding in Beautiful Photos

Though it's often there to bring positive improvement to buildings and structures, scaffolding is frequently viewed as a negative thing, an eyesore and a hassle to the general public. Colin Winterbottom has proved otherwise. The photographer, w...

NEWS!!! Titan Ladders set for Ad...

UPDATE!! This blog has an update: Titan is back in business! Titan Ladders Ltd is thought to be the largest independent manufacturer of ladders in the UK. We have heard today that sadly they are having to close their business as explained in t...

Bridgnorth Town Hall Still Shrou...

With scaffolding, it's all fun and games until a job gets delayed. A 17th century town hall in the west of England will remain under scaffolding wraps for the forseeable future; the Shropshire Star reports; and the local residents aren't happy with th...

Slips and Trips Safety Report

Earlier this month the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation released its annual Safety report, a document that contains full details of the accident statistics of all 200+ NASC full contracting members. These figures cover 14,988 opera...

NASC Member Company Wins Award

There was a strong showing from NASC members at the recent Construction News Specialist Awards in London. The annual event had reached its 11th year and was held at the Park Lane London Hilton in March, and NASC members were out in force to represen...

Introducing the New Zarges Reach...

Uncompromising German design, unbreakable aluminum frame; Sterk Systems is proud to introduce the new Reachmaster mobile scaffold system from ZARGES to its 2015 product line. Providing the best of Bavarian equipment engineering since 1933, ZA...

Christ's image in Scaffold Board

Easter may seem a while away but for one tradesman it's going to stay firmly in his memory. It seems the Saviour of the world made some personal visits. Jesus Christ "appeared" on a broken scaffolding board belonging to a builder based in Inverness,...

Safety & Health Expo 2015

As spring starts to settle in, the health and safety industry is already looking ahead to summer and the Safety and Health Expo 2015. Taking place between the 16th and 18th of June at the ExCel in London, the show is set to be 40% bigger than last...

How To Protect Your Property Fro...

If you're planning on having scaffolding professionally installed at your premises there are few risk factors you need to consider first, and precautionary measures that should be put into place. Although often necessary for the safe completion of ...

Billionaire Basements Boom Puts ...

Beneath the streets of London's most exclusive and expensive boroughs, something is stirring. As wealthy property owners seek to maximise their space without moving out, the trend for subterranean expansions - nicknamed Billionaires' Basements - is ...

Scaffolding to the Rescue!

When most people think of scaffolding, they usually think builders. Repair work. Dust and cement and loud noises, something new and exciting being created. However, Worchester Cathedral has proved that's not always the case. The cathedral - which date...

Safe Usage of DIY Towers

Handy around the house? Enjoy more than just a dabble in DIY? A DIY Tower might just be the tool for you. A great option for the serious DIY enthusiast, DIY Towers are affordable, easy to use and safe. There are a number of options to choose from, but ...

New Lifejacket for Offshore Rope...

Good news for the safety of offshore personnel working at height came last week, with an industry first by Survitec Group - the world's first lifejacket specifically designed for rope access and working at height. Offshore engineers must frequently ...

Preventable Roof Fall

A Kent construction group have incurred a total of £20,000 in fines after they failed to ensure their team were aware of the dangers related to fragile building. An unnamed South American builder fell two meters causing him to sustain serious head i...

What Does the Future Hold for He...

Leading thinkers in the health and safety world gathered at the University of Salford last week for the Future of Health and Safety Conference 2015. With health and safety legislation the subject of much moaning and groaning in companies across the ...

Dressed to Impress

Dressed to Impress: How Inverness Town House Will Weather the Storm   Inverness Town House is destined to be shrouded in scaffolding for the next two years, but this is no funeral. The iconic building is due to undergo major renovations over...

The Future Of Scaffolding Safety?

London-based company SafeTime have been crowned the winners of the prestigious 2014 Beaumont Safety Trophy, awarded by the Construction Health & Safety Group (CHSG). The award was presented to SafeTime by Bouygues UK, a prominent building a...

Why High Winds and Scaffold Shee...

It's a bit of a cliche to say that the British are obsessed with the weather, but it's hard to avoid the obvious: whether baking hot, freezing cold or somewhere in between, it's undoubtedly a cherished topic of conversation in these parts. However,...

Safe Use of a Scaffold Tower

Indoors or out, whether you're a DIY enthusiast or a professional tradesman, a scaffold tower is designed to be a safer alternative to the humble ladder. Towers are often ideal for home decoration and maintenance work, both internally and outside. A...

Get App To Date With The NIOSH

In 2013, The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health released a mobile app specifically designed to educate more ladder users about the risks associated with working at height, and provide helpful hints for using equipment in a safer ...

Using a Chimney Stack

By their very nature, Chimney Stacks are subject to extreme hot and cold conditions, whilst being exposed to the most volatile weather of any part of the house. Which means high quality maintenance and repair is essential. Yet, too often, chimney st...

TG2013 Explained

Following its initial launch back in February 2014, the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has formally introduced the TG20:13 scaffolding guidelines as the official document supporting the design and use of access towers for both ...

Taking Precautions with Wintry W...

Here in Great Britain if we stopped working outside when the weather was bad, we'd never get anything done. Winter is long and unpredictable and can bring a whole host of uncomfortable and potentially dangerous working conditions. However, there are...

Bizzare Uses For A Ladder

It can be hard parting with equipment that's served you well over the years. Retiring well-used and well-loved ladders can be like parting with a faithful friend. However, when your ladder reaches the end of its useful life on the building site, you d...

Ladder Recommendations for Santa...

Santa is a busy man. He's got presents to organise, reindeer to feed and a sleigh to prepare for the busiest night of the year. How does he do it? Here's his secret: lots of careful planning and the right tools for the job. Read on for our top tips on...

Top Tips for Putting Up Outdoor ...

It's the most wonderful time of the year, right? Christmas is for eating too much, exchanging presents and spending time with family - and of course, making sure your home looks its very best. Usually when we think of Christmas decorations we think ...

Good Practice for Independent Ti...

Working from heights on building sites is usually unavoidable. And for many, the risks involved are part of daily life. But by implementing good practice for independent tied scaffolding, it is possible to keep the risks low, and ensure everyone workin...

Tips for Temporary Roofing Systems

Tips for Temporary Roofing Systems As the winter weather starts to creep in, the demand for temporary roofing systems is going through the roof (excuse the pun). But by considering a few key points up front, you can make sure you get the best pro...

How Will the Youngman Takeover A...

As you may well have heard, Werner Access Products UK Holding Ltd has recently taken the exciting step of acquiring the Youngman Group.   They have done this with a view of expanding their ladder and access product range, and will be worki...

Beware Of 'Used' Scaffolding!

Beware Of 'Used' Scaffolding! Officials are concerned over a dramatic rise in the use of second hand scaffolding and trade towers which have been imported to the United Kingdom from countries with lower labour costs. While these imports have opened ...

Working at Height: New 2014

Working at Height Guidelines: What's New in 2014 As the weather heats up and more construction workers are at work on scaffold let's take a look at the updates to the Working at Height guidlines this year and make sure we're doing it right. It i...

Deadly Do's and Don'ts: Ladders

Whether making some improvements to your home or working at height on a job, ladders are essential for a variety of purposes.   However they can also be a deadly risk if you fail to use them sensibly. Over half of the work-related injur...

New Ladder Safety Guidelines

When it comes to using ladders and stepladders in the workplace, people can be a little bit worried about the health and safety risks involved. However if you brush up on your HSE knowledge and get to grips with how to use them safely, ladders and s...

Painter Injured by Scaffold Fail...

As the second most common form of injury for workers in the UK, falls from height are something that should be taken seriously. Failure to create a safe environment when working at height, whether for domestic or work purposes, can pose serious...

Access Industry on Twitter

Access Industry Forum to Hold First Ever Working at Height Twitter Symposium in April A little birdy has told Sterk Systems that Access Industry Forum has some exciting news. For the first time ever, Access Industry Forum (AIF) will hold a Twitter S...

3 Worst Accidents at Constructio...

Construction, after agriculture, is statistically the second most common industry for injuries. While the rate at which injuries occur is falling year by year, with 39 fatal injuries in construction reported in 2013 versus an average of 53 in t...

Everest By Ladder

Everest By Ladder? Nepal Consider Installing Ladders on Hillary Step It seems that it isn't just the workplace that requires access solutions when it comes to heights; now the authorities of Nepal are even acknowledging the importance of ladders as ...

Telescopic Ladders Filling the Gap

Telescopic ladders may be relatively new to the market, but it is no exaggeration to say they have revolutionised the market. They are lightweight, easy to transport and store, yet are as sturdy as traditional ladders. Though this type of ladder...

Time to say goodbye?

Any piece of equipment that has served you well over time becomes like an old friend so sometimes you just don't notice that your scaffold tower is not quite as safe and reliable as it used to be. However something as vital to your work and safety ...

Idiots on Ladders: Don't Try Thi...

The winner of the 2013 Idiots on Ladders award has been announced by the Ladder Exchange, highlighting once again the many and varied ways in which people manage to work at height dangerously.   Divine Intervention Each year, the Lad...

Bamburgh Castle uses in-House Sc...

Bamburgh Castle Opt for In-House Scaffolders to Erect Modular Scaffolding Modular scaffolding came into its own again last month, allowing Bamburgh Castle's own staff to handle a tricky re-pointing project on the Norman castle's lengthy outer curtai...

Ladders for Anti-Fracking Protes...

Fracking is a highly controversial and topical subject just now, but it seems that Greater Manchester Police are well versed in the working at height regulations, having used ladders and scaffolding recently to remove anti-fracking protesters. Th...

NEW BoSS Solo 700 Tower

Youngman's brand new to market BoSS Solo 700 one man build compact tower system is now available direct to trade buyers via Sterk Systems. Designed specifically for an easy one man rapid build, this tower system fills the gap between Youngman's ...

Zara Phillips Baby Name

BREAKING NEWS! Baby name just announced - it's Mia Grace Tindall! Zara Phillips And Mike Tindall Welcome their Baby Girl Zara Phillips and husband Mike Tindall announced the arrival of their newborn daughter last Friday. The granddaugh...

Meet Zarges - and Mortimer

Zarges is the largest manufacturer of access equipment in Europe, and at Sterk Systems, we're proud to be an official distributor of their outstanding range of working at height products and equipment. The Zarges range incorporates everything y...

Shared passion - Youngman Sterk ...

At Sterk Systems, we're very proud of our longstanding association with Youngman. Both of our companies are passionate about promoting safety when working at height, and our manufacturer-distributor relationship has gone from strength to stren...

Tis the Season to be Clumsy

The holiday season is upon us and you have no doubt been spending much of your time hanging Christmas decorations from the rooftop and drinking mulled wine with your friends and family. The winter months bring with them an increase in injuries, man...

6 Smashing Stocking Fillers for ...

What do you get for the DIY enthusiast who has everything? At Sterk Systems, we stock a wide range of handy DIY accessories which make perfect stocking fillers, at prices which won't break the bank. How about these for size? Ladderlimb This aw...

Buying a Ladder Wisely

A ladder isn't just a ladder! Don't miss our 4 Top Tips for making the right ladder choice.   If you are thinking about buying a ladder to use when putting up the decorations, hanging wallpaper or just changing a light bulb, here are the ans...

Stop: Christmas Safety

Putting up Christmas decorations signals the start of the festive season! The ritual of decorating the tree and stringing up the Christmas lights is one of the most exciting times of the year. But, watch out guys - you need to stay safe here too....

Firms too scared for ladders

Firms worried about court cases rule against working on ladders We are all getting used to stories about the seemingly ridiculous notices and alerts that seem to proliferate these days: kids can't play with conkers unless they wear goggles and pack...

HSE Another day another fall ...

Good News! HSE Reports Fall in Major Workplace Injuries Figures released by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in October 2013 found an     11% drop in major injuries within the workplace from 2011-2012. Major injuries, suc...

Batten down the Hatches!

Preparing Your Home For High Winds and Stormy Weather October's St Jude's storm was one of the worst storms to hit the UK in recent years, and with over 105,000 claimants and an insurance bill of more than £130 million, it's little surprise th...

Danger on Construction Sites

During a nationwide safety drive in September, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found poor standards and potentially dangerous practices at nearly half of all construction sites visited. Of  2,607 unscheduled visits to construction si...

Ladder or Scaffold?

Benefits of Using a Tower Instead of a Ladder When you're decorating inside there can be some awkward to reach places, especially whilst at height. Ladders are one option, but they can be very restrictive. It is far easier doing your internal decora...

Essential Questions for Scaffold...

Types of scaffolding When it comes to buying scaffolding, there is a lot to consider and a wide choice available. Sometimes it's difficult to know where to start. Safety is always the number one factor, along with being the right type for the job...

LadderLimb Coming Soon!

Sterk Systems stocks LadderLimb! At Sterk Systems we are delighted to announce a new exciting ladder safety product coming soon to our online store - the LadderLimb. It was designed and brought to life by entrepreneur farmer,  Alistair Tay...

Unsafe Scaffolding Structures Co...

Working at height is a risk present in many trades, and something which should not be undertaken lightly. While it can be tempting to make a temporary platform from whatever ladders and planks are to hand, or to quickly build a temporary scaffold tower...

Scaffold Screen Acts As Sunblock

Scaffold Screen Acts As Sunblock For Properties In Tower's Firing Line If you're looking for sunscreen for a winter getaway - may we suggest some scaffolding?? This summer a scaffold screen was erected as a form of sunscreen to protect buildin...

Angry Residents Erect Scaffolding

Angry Residents Erect Scaffolding To Illustrate Scale Of Development Plans Residents from the village of Westbourne have mounted a fresh campaign against a housing development planned for a field used for grazing for more than one hundred years. Vil...

Novus Drives down costs with Ste...

In an effort to drive down the cost of their property maintenance and refurbishment services, Novus Property Solutions have reduced their reliance on independent scaffold contractors, by purchasing their own equipment. The new Triangular Bridging Sy...

CISRS Entrants Face New Training...

From 1 September 2013, any new entrant who wishes to join the Construction Industry Scaffolders Record Scheme (CISRS) must now complete a one day training course to improve health and safety in the industry. The CISRS is the major scaffold training...

Scaffolder takes 10yr Son on Dan...

We all know that scaffolding is a skilled occupation that requires many years of training and experience, and that health and safety should always be a top priority. However, it seems that this message still eludes some incompetent scaffolders. One...

Scared on the Scaffold

Raising your concerns on Scaffold Safety If you are a self employed scaffolder, then you may find yourself in the tricky position of being asked to do something that raises health and safety concerns. The best thing you can do, both as an employee and ...

Scaffolding Firm Fined Over Labo...

The shocking death of a contractor in Greater Manchester helped to focus attention onto health and safety within the scaffolding industry and sent out a clear warning to those scaffolding firms who ignore health and safety regulations. Fall from Hei...

5 Nifty Gadgets to Help You Work...

Everyone loves a gadget that makes their lives easier, and here at Sterk Systems we have some great ones to use when working at height! 1. Ladder Sock Zarges When you're leaning your ladders against a surface that can easily become marked or dam...

Press Disregard Health And Safet...

It's been eight long months since the nation were informed that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were expecting their first baby, and now the wait is over. As excitement at the prospect of a new royal grew, so too did the collection of step ladder...

4 Top Tips for Painting Your House

Painting the outside of your house isn't always the easiest of tasks and can feel very daunting. There can be difficult to reach places, it is time consuming and of course your safety to consider. Here are some of our top tips for making painting t...

Making a Splash

When you need to carry out work above water, such as over a large swimming pool, you need the right equipment to access such a difficult area. Not only is there the issue of working at height to factor in, combine that with water and you could have ...

Don't Leave Me Hangin'

New York Window cleaners trapped on buckled scaffold There was major drama in Manhattan recently after scaffolding used for window cleaning buckled at the top of Hearst Tower. This tower is the world headquarters of the Hearst Corporation, a larg...

Good Good, Good Foundations!

Why pickin' up good foundations is key to scaffold safety. Anyone who uses scaffolding on a regular basis will know that it feels most safe and secure when you know you are on a good foundation. Foundations are essential and the most carefully assem...

Top 5 Death Defying Scaffolds

When you work with scaffolding every day, it's always interesting to see how others work with it. Especially when it's used in a very scary way! Here are 5 of our favourite death-defying uses of scaffolding from around the globe. 1. Phrathat, Hariph...

Working Above a Conservatory? Tr...

There are many reasons why you might need to carry out some work on a conservatory. It could be for roof repairs, decorating, gutter cleaning, or you could be doing something above a conservatory on the house itself such as painting. Whatever your purp...

Choose the BEST scaffold

Scaffolding is erected to help workers with the temporary repair, construction or decoration of a building. If you're using scaffolding to carry out your work, it's essential to make sure you are using the right type. Safety is of paramount importa...

Medieval Sieges to DIY: How the ...

Ever wondered how you ended up using your ladders in the way you do today? You may have previously never given them a second thought, but there is an interesting history behind the faithful ladder that's worth taking a look at. Here's a brief history o...

6 Crazy ideas for Your Ladder

You probably use your ladders every day and have never really thought about them as anything other than a tool for helping you work at height. But did you know that your Sterk ladders actually have many uses - not just going up and down on them! Ar...

Ridiculous Ladder Myths and Supe...

We've all heard the superstition that walking under a ladder is bad luck, well here's a few more lesser known myths to consider whilst using your trusty ladder. 1. The Triangle In ancient Egypt, priests would place ladders for the dead in their ...

How To Ensure Your Ladder is Level

Even if you've been using a ladder for years, sometimes it's good to have a quick refresher on using it safely, and to make sure you are doing everything you can to keep yourself and your work colleagues safe. A third of all falls from height invol...

Window Cleaner off Ladder for C...

Keith Siddle, 50, is a very caring window cleaner. He has climbed down from his ladder and put his window cleaning round on hold to walk from London to Brighton in an effort to raise money for charity. Keith lives in Highfield Road, Leighton Buzzar...

5 Tips for Safe Working at Height

Working at height can be a risky business. However by taking some sensible precautions you can stay safe. Here are 5 tips to help you at height. (1) Risk assessment and Planning A risk assessment on your work place does not have to take long. ...

Ladder Safety - test your ladder

Some people believe that safety testing a step ladder can actually weaken it. However if a ladder can be weakened by safety tests then it's not actually fit for safe use anyway. There are companies who have a policy of ensuring all equipment safety...

Chemical Industry – What steps o...

The chemical industry presents a challenging arena for working at height. Using ladders or platforms when working in environments around oil, marine or mining operations can be extra hazardous especially where the work place features caustic chemical...