Don't let a dodgy ladder be your downfall

The City of Edinburgh Council is supporting a national initiative which has seen thousands of broken, bent and damaged ladders exchanged for new ones.

The City of Edinburgh Council is supporting a national initiative which has seen thousands of broken, bent and damaged ladders exchanged for new ones.

The 2010 Ladder Exchange led by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) aims to reduce death and injury.

Falls from height continue to be the main cause of fatalities at work. Nationally, in 2008/09, ladders were involved in nearly a quarter of all falls from height.

The initiative, which is open to anyone who wants to swap their broken, bent or damaged ladder for a new one at a discounted price, runs in participating retailers until 30 November 2010.

Councillor Robert Aldridge, Environmental Leader, said:"There is nothing wrong with using a ladder if it is in good order, right for the job and used properly. However, you could be gambling with your life by using a dodgy one. Too many people suffer life-changing injuries or die each year because they used a faulty ladder. This initiative is open to anyone who wants to swap their broken, bent or damaged ladder for a new one."

Chris Ball, chairman of the Ladder Association, comments "Since it was first introduced, the Ladder Exchange has been an exemplary initiative that has helped contribute to ladder safety. Promising to attract even more support in 2010, the Ladder Association fully supports this practical example of successful co-operation between HSE, the ladder industry and its trade body."

Full details of local retailers, along with advice and guidance on using ladders safely, are available on HSE's website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/ladderexchange.htm

The Ladder Exchange was piloted in 2007 by HSE in partnership with the Ladder Association, major manufacturers and national retailers. Since then more than 7,000 dodgy ladders have been exchanged.

 Health and safety legislation is enforced by either local Councils or the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) depending on the premises and work activity in question. Local Councils are responsible for shops, catering establishments, offices, hotels, residential care homes, leisure and entertainment facilities. HSE is responsible for factories, construction sites, hospitals and nursing homes, agricultural activities, educational establishments, hospitals, fairgrounds.

 The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is Britain 's national regulator for workplace health and safety. It aims to prevent death, injury and ill health. It does so through research, information and advice, promoting training, new and revised regulations and codes of practice, and working with local authority partners by inspection, investigation and enforcement. For more information visit www.hse.gov.uk

 The Ladder Association is the trade association for ladder manufacturers, suppliers and users. Its safety-related publications, training courses and website cover all aspects of safety and best practice. In addition, its specialist committees contribute to the setting of both national and European standards. www.ladderassociation.org.uk

Simple, practical guidance about staying safe while working at height is available free on www.hse.gov.uk/falls/ladderexchange.htm

 Although the initiative is aimed at reducing the number of deaths and injuries caused by using dodgy ladders in the workplace, it is also open to members of the public.


 

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