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Ladder fall earns politician the nickname 'Mr Bump'!

Ladder fall earns politician the nickname 'Mr Bump'!

26 August 2012 Email this article

 Recent events have indicated that politicians are not too well trained to work at height and could perhaps do with some Ladder Training from the Ladder Association.


This follows Boris Johnson – who didn’t manage to make it all the way to the ground during an Olympic zip line stuant and was left dangling in the air shouting ‘ get me a rope, get me a ladder.’

Taking this to a more dangerous level, Barrow and Furness MP John Woodcock recently fell from a ladder whilst moving things around and had to spend the night in hospital, describing himself as ‘lucky’ and ‘bashful’.


This incident comes less than a month before the start of the Association’s Ladder Exchange 2012 campaign - an ideal way to maximise ladder safety, by trading in older ladders for discounted new ones. The Ladder Association advocates the usefulness of ladders and stresses the importance of using the right ladder, ensuring that you are trained to use it properly.


The Ladder Association’s Head of Communications, Neil Tomlinson said: “Ladders are great to have around the house as well as at work if used safely and correctly but with falls from height among the most common ways people seriously injure themselves at work, people at home also have to be aware of the dangers and make sure they minimise them.


“Fellow MPs now affectionately refer to him as Mr Bump, and Mr Woodcock has called himself an “eejit”. While the Ladder Association wouldn’t want to disagree with him, we are pleased to see that he considers this accident a “valuable lesson”. Not everyone is lucky enough to have the chance to learn lessons after a fall from height, it is great news that nothing is broken and he is going home.”

It might be that Mr Woodcock would benefit from a complimentary Ladder Association training course to improve his skills at height and if all politicians could be working safely at height if they do the same.