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'Get a Grip' on ladder safety
The Ladder Association, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to keeping people safe when working at height, is urging ladder users - and those responsible for managing the safe use of ladders - to take a fresh approach to ladder training.
In a sector blighted by myths and misconceptions, 'Get a Grip' on ladder safety is a new campaign that aims to put ladder training at the top of the height safety agenda. When it's right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely, says the Association.
With falls from height still one of the leading causes of workplace fatalities and injuries - accounting for 35 fatalities in 2017/2018 - and with businesses facing record fines for failing to keep workers safe, the campaign sets out to ensure that everyone using a ladder is fully trained and competent to do so.
"A contractor using any other piece of access equipment would automatically look to train its staff, so what's different about using ladders?" asks the Ladder Association.
By stepping up ladder safety through training, the Association aims to reinforce the message that ladders are a safe, practical and versatile solution for low risk and short duration work at height.
Chair of the Association's Training Committee, Steve Booker, says: "Safety and competence in the workplace begin with thorough and consistent training. The saying 'you can't teach an old dog new tricks' is all too familiar where ladders are concerned."
"It's an attitude that encourages a complacent, over-confident and potentially dangerous mentality.
"The Work at Height Regulations require that everyone involved in the work is competent, so successfully completing a Ladder Association training course - and getting a LadderCard - is one way of helping to demonstrate that competence."
With that in mind, the Association has created a free Ladder Safety Pack providing vital information on the recent changes to European ladder standard EN131. It details the correct way to use and inspect ladders and, most importantly, the route to obtaining a LadderCard through official Ladder Association training.
The Ladder Association is the not-for-profit body responsible for advancing safety and best practice in the ladder industry, and oversees the delivery of national training. Formed in 1947 by leading ladder manufacturers, the Association has since expanded to welcome members from every part of the access industry, playing an integral role in promoting the highest standards of ladder design and manufacture, and advancing good practice in ladder use. The Association is a vibrant, forward-looking organisation determined to look after the best interests of its increasingly diverse membership base and, of course, the industry at large.
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4th October 2018