Now in its sixth year, the Ladder Exchange provided by the Ladder Association is in full swing. Between 1 September and 20 November 2012, businesses in possession of broken, bent or damaged ladders are able to exchange it at a discounted rate.
In total, the initiative has successfully removed over 10,000 ladders that could have potentially caused harm to their users. The Ladder Association has always worked closely in partnership with the HSE and as well as their ladder ‘amnesty’ they have helped to raise awareness and understanding about how ladders and stepladders should be used safely.
Falls and working at height are still one of the major causes of accidents in the workplace, and this scheme together with the HSE campaigns, and other associations in the health and safety industry are focused to reducing the number of workers harmed at their place of work. It’s a great example of how everyone working within the industry can come together to achieve a common goal.
For more information about working at height visit the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/index.htm.
Britannia Safety and Training is accredited to run IPAF training and PASMA training courses, focusing on working on height. For more information about these training courses, or others related to the construction industry, visit the courses section of our website or call one of the team on 0800 0149016.