A 101-year-old man died after getting trapped on his roof for three days when he went to fix his TV aerial, an inquest heard. Ronald Easton, known as "Ton Up Ron", died in hospital after being found following the tragedy at his home in Devon. The retired car-hire business owner climbed up onto his roof with a ladder and fell. He was found days later trapped in a gully on the flat roof of his Bigbury home, and eventually died on November 2. Devon Live reports the inquest heard his milkwoman noticed his milk hadn't been collected for three days. She alerted his neighbours, who called in the emergency services. The elderly man was found unable to move and exposed to the elements. A 999 call heard Ron was found lying face down and was conscious but not responding. Eventually firefighters moved him from the roof and to hospital for treatment for bronchopneumonia. The inquest heard from Ron's doctor - who said the OAP's only vice in later life was smoking a pipe. He provided a statement … [Read more...] about OAP, 102, dies after getting trapped on his roof for three days when he went to fix his TV aerial
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A 102-year-old man with an “adventurous spirit” lost his life after becoming trapped on his roof for three days when he went to fix his TV aerial. Ronald Easton, known as ‘Ton Up Ron’ to his friends and neighbours, passed away in Derriford Hospital on November 2, an inquest heard. Senior coroner Ian Arrow revealed how the retired car-hire business owner had taken a ladder and climbed onto a flat roof of an extension to his property in Marine Drive, Bigbury, supposedly to fix his TV aerial. However, it is believed he fell over at some stage and became trapped in a gully between two shallow roofs. There he lay for three days in a prone position , unable to move and exposed to the elements. On October 24 his milkwoman spotted milk bottles had not been collected for three days and she alerted neighbours who in turn called the emergency services. Paramedics from South West Ambulance Service Trust treated Ron – who was born in Solihull in 1916 - and with … [Read more...] about Last moments of local legend, 102, stuck on his roof for three days
A new hub for training emergency first aid crews has launched at a Northampton ambulance station. Previously, the East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) had one regional training centre in Nottingham where new recruits from across the county were trained.But now, a new hub for training crews in Northamptonshire has opened at the Northampton North Ambulance Station, off Kettering Road, in a modular building by Portakabin.It comes after EMAS picked up a funding boost allowing it to take on 300 new recruits, most of whom will be on the frontlines.By using offsite building methods, Portakabin constructed and fit out new training facilities on ambulance station sites in Northampton and Lincoln in just two weeks.The single-storey building includes two training rooms, a canteen and an office plus welfare facilities., and will provide teaching space for more than 20 trainees at any time.Mark Fox, Regional Hire Manager at Portakabin said, “We were able to install each building in just one … [Read more...] about Training hub for front line ambulance crews opens in Northampton
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service are hiring new on-call firefighters for next year. Hopefuls can submit applications on the website from New Year's Eve until the end of January 2019. The job involves carrying an alerter and responding to emergency calls, where you will face all sorts of challenges. The role is paid, and the pay depends on your availability and the number of calls you respond to. There are a number of positions available at on-call stations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. To give potential applicants an idea of what to expect, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be holding have a go days in January. These days will give applicants an insight into what the role entails and the required strength, fitness and aptitude levels needed. When are the Have A Go days? Ashby Fire Station, Saturday January 12, 10am-3pm Market Harborough Fire Station, Saturday January 19, 10am-3pm Uppingham Fire Station, Sunday January 20, 10am-3pm Wigston Fire Station, … [Read more...] about How you could get a job as an on-call firefighter here
As a society we can’t seem to make up our minds about work. Do we want more of it? Or less? There’s a chilling fog of fear over what technological advances will mean for our jobs, with an endless supply of alarming forecasts about how robots and algorithms are set to displace human workers. But there’s also a furnace of angst about low productivity and under-investment by firms in just the kind of innovations that induce those nightmares of a “jobs apocalypse”. Some lament the supposed proliferation of pointless, soul-dismantling, “bullshit jobs”. Yet no one gets out the bunting when a struggling company announces redundancies. The UK’s official labour market surveys suggest many of us want fewer hours at work, presumably driven by a desire for a healthier “work-life balance”. Yet those same surveys also show that many people also want more hours, that the post-financial crisis curse of “underemployment” has … [Read more...] about The four-day working week: Careful what you wish for?