The UK Health & Safety Executive’s – HSE Ladder Exchange programme, under which ladder owners can get their ladders checked and if necessary replaced at heavily discounted prices, came to a close on the 31st December.
The HSE said that ladders with missing rungs and bent sides are among those that have been scrapped during the programme. Peter Brown, HSE, said; “We’ve had more than 900 ladders exchanged.” He added, “Every month more than 100 people fall off a ladder at work and suffer serious injuries. So many of these accidents are avoidable and having safe equipment makes a huge difference.”
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