Ladder manufacturer and distributor TB Davies is working closely with the HSE as a primary partner to take thousands of dodgy ladders out of the market place.
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(Press Release) – Sep 03, 2009 – Ladder manufacturer and distributor TB Davies is working closely with the HSE as a primary partner to take thousands of dodgy ladders out of the market place. Working through its national network of resale partners the company is offering to take old or damaged ladders in part exchange for complaint and safe new access equipment.
Ladder and access products are a critical part of many contractors and businesses tool kit, which is why the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has been working with local authorities and partner businesses to remove 5,500 dodgy ladders from the workplace over the last two years. The deal is part of a joint campaign co-ordinated by the HSE to reduce the number of work place injuries and deaths associated with using inappropriate or damaged ladders.
Big Brother star and successful property developer Craig Phillips was on hand to lend his support to the project at this week’s press launch in Liverpool. Peter Brown, the HSE’s head of work environment, radiation and gas division, said, “In 2007/08, 58 workers died and over 3600 were seriously injured as a result of a fall from height in the workplace. Over a quarter of these incidents involved ladders. We want anyone working at height to use the right ladder for the job and to use it safely.”
TB Davies has a national network of resellers that operate on an independent and group basis. These outlets have agreed to promote and participate in the scheme adding up to 300 points at which ladder users can trade in their old equipment. Sales Manager Francis Camilleri said, “With the economy straining most companies budgets this scheme provides an excellent opportunity for those who instead of holding on to something they know is unsuitable or unsafe to be able to upgrade it at a fraction of the normal price.”
The company has a wide portfolio of ladder and access products made under their Horizon, Summit and Pinnacle banners available from stockists or direct to site the next day. Director David Gray explained, “With the broad range of site safe product such as podiums, glass fibre ladders and towers we supply on a next day service there is no excuse for contractors using potentially life threatening equipment.”
This year’s Ladder Exchange Initiative runs from September 1 until December 31 and participating dealers have access to a helpline provided by TB Davies to assist with any working at height related questions. Anyone looking to upgrade their ladder or stepladder can find their nearest participating dealer by visiting the company’s website www.tbdavies.co.uk.