Monthly Archives: November 2010

Climbing Safety from the 70s with Fred Dibnah

Over in the UK during the 70s there was a guy called Fred Dibnah – a steeplejack by trade who had a thing for steam engines as well as an old Victorian way of demolishing old mill chimneys. The north of England was the spine of the Industrial Revolution that fueled the Empire -the predominant industry being cotton. Fred was a no nonsense type of guy who’d strap a load of ladder together with rope to clamber up a 300+ ft chimney prior to setting fire to the bottom where he’d placed wooden Read more [...]

US Labor Department Safety Audit vs OSHA

According to a recent federal study, both North and South Carolina have been deemed to be the safest places to work in the country with the least number of injuries reported. As this report states: North Carolina's Labor Department said Thursday the state's rate of injuries or illnesses at private companies dropped to a historic low in 2009. The 3.1 percent rate compares with 3.4 percent in 2008. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said there were just over three cases of illness or injury per Read more [...]