Following the success of last year’s campaign, which saw the number of ladders exchanged increase by 35%, the Ladder Association has launched this year’s inspection-led campaign with the news that it will now run from 1 September to 31 December 2013. According to Ladder Association chairman, Cameron Clow, the aim of the extra month is to deliver a clear safety message to home users in the run-up to Christmas.
Mr Clow said: “It will enable us to remind the public of the need to check and inspect ladders and stepladders before using them to put up Christmas lights and decorations, and, of course, how to use them safely.”
First introduced in 2007, the Ladder Exchange has already been responsible for removing thousands of dodgy, broken and bent ladders from the workplace. These can be exchanged for brand new ones, at a discount, at any of the campaign’s partner outlets. Please see www.ladderexchange.org.uk for details.
(In March 2017, the American Ladder Association started #LadderSafetyMonth to focus attention on the poor safety statistics in the US. More details on our #LadderSafetyMonth page.)
Also new for 2013 is the decision to focus on four distinct ladder-related topics, one for each month of the campaign. Inspection will start the Exchange, followed by ladder training, then best practice and finally home use in December. A number of events and activities are also planned and details of these will be posted on the website shortly.
First introduced in 2012 when the association took over the running and development of the Ladder Exchange from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 2013 will see the return of the hugely popular ‘Idiots on Ladders’ competition. “We were amazed by the response,” says Michael Fern, whose job it was to sift through the sometimes ‘jaw dropping’ images at the Ladder Association.
Throughout the campaign the aim will be to lift awareness and understanding of the need to check and inspect ladders regularly and to use them safely and competently.
“The ladder is an invaluable piece of workplace equipment,” says Cameron Clow. “However, like everything else, some common-sense rules apply. Just remember that if it’s right to use a ladder, use the right ladder, in good condition, and make sure you use it properly. If you’re in any doubt, just ask a Ladder Association member for advice.”
TB Davies (Cardiff) Ltd is a member of the Ladder Association.