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Councils bans use of ladders

Councils bans use of ladders

1 February 2020 Email this article

Article from the Sun Newspaper: 

CAUTIOUS town council has banned workers from using ladders because they breach health and safety rules.

Ringwood Town Council said its maintenance team can no longer climb ladders to put up banners in the Hampshire market town because it is too dangerous.

15ft high banners have previously been attached on lampposts to advertise charity and group events in the town.

Council chiefs are now investigating alternative methods - including using often impractical scaffolding towers or hiring a costly cherry pickers.

It comes after Stoke on Trent council banned ladders on health and safety grounds in 2010.

The decision has been branded “over the top” by the UK Ladder Association.

Executive director Peter Bennett OBE told The Sun: “Sometimes safety professionals attempt to manage the risk by just making it go away, but this doesn’t work.

“There is no need to go over the top and start banning ladders.”

Ringwood Town clerk Chris Wilkins said: “We have to operate safe systems, we don't want accidents to happen and we should actively seek to prevent them from happening.”

See the full article in The Sun