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The Height of Stupidity - Ladder Association Campaign

The Height of Stupidity - Ladder Association Campaign

23 October 2012 Email this article

The Ladder Association has recently issued some shocking photos of unsafe working at height, and it wants your help to find more.

The trade body, which is responsible for advancing safety and best practice in the ladder industry, is currently collecting the most “appalling examples” of poor working at height practices by encouraging eagle-eyed contractors and members of the public to share them via its Facebook page, and vote for their ‘favourite.’

Examples so far include a ladder on top of a mobile tower being used by a man wearing no harness, and a worker dealing with a storefront by standing on a ladder being held up by a colleague.

The photo currently at joint top of the leader board is a photo of a gardener up a tree, one foot on his ladder and the other on a branch, with both hands holding a chainsaw. The picture has resulted in him being fined £6,000.

The campaign is being run alongside the Association’s Ladder Exchange, which offers people discounts for trading in their old, unsafe ladders for new ones. It aims to promote safe ladder use and stress the importance of training for those who regularly use ladders in the workplace

Jane Lawrence - Training Director of Facelift, commented: “We think the Ladder Association’s campaign is a very effective way to demonstrate that unsafe working at height is still a huge problem in the UK.

“They say a picture tells a 1,000 words and some of these images really are staggering. Sadly, they show that the message about the importance of safe working at height certainly hasn’t reached everyone. We urge all of our customers to think about whether their employees have the knowledge they need to avoid making very dangerous blunders such as these.”