“Wearing a helmet is such an easy thing to do and there’s not many negatives that come with it,” he added.
It’s unclear why Dr Warr and his fellow researchers are recommending the use of cycle helmets, rather than protective headgear of the type used on construction sites – but with the former compulsory for cyclists in Australia for two decades now, the thinking may be that many people already have them at home.
While standards vary around the world, the website Cycling Tips has a summary of the situation in Australia, here cycle helmets are not designed to withstand falls from the height of 2.5 metres cited by Dr Warren; in the EU, for example, they are tested at a maximum drop height of 1.5 metres.
Moreover, with an average adult male in Australia standing 1.75 metres tall, that height of 2.5 metres mentioned would put the DIY enthusiast less than 1 metre up a ladder, when in reality, often they would be working at a greater height.
An official report from the Australian government, Serious injury due to land transport accidents 2003-04, discussed in a post by Mark Treasure of the Cycling Embassy of Great Britain, here, found that more than a quarter of injuries sustained by car occupants, including drivers, were head injuries.
More than 4,000 such injuries were recorded last year, more than the total number of hospital admissions following injuries to any part of the body, that Dr Warr says happen in Australia due to ladder falls each year.
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Our CDM2015 courses IN TAUNTON ARE SOLD OUT!
As all our CDM 2015 Regulations awareness courses at Taunton Racecourse filled up so quickly – we have just announced more!
New dates and new venues!
In order to serve our customers in other regions, we have agreed to run this course in three new venues.
These courses are open to everyone.
For more information and to book and pay on line please visit our website.
So here are the dates and venues
Tuesday 9th June 2015 – Exeter Racecourse
– ONLY 10 places left
Some of the comments left by those who have attended so far include:
“This was probably the best delivery of a CDM course I have attended. I have been to courses on the 1994 & 2007 Regs and this was the most accessible format” Matthew Glasgow – National Trust
“Thank you again for the informative session that you delivered to the Building Surveyor team at Laycock on Wednesday.” Caroline Steel – Specialist Lawyer (Dispute Resolution) National Trust
“I found this course (CDM2015) very useful with exchange of views and the different aspects the delegates were interested in” Jim Pendleton – Wellington School
If you have any questions about these courses or any other training or would like us to run a particular course for you, call Jon Wilkins of the Wilkins Safety Group on 01458 253682 or email him.
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