The Ladder Association has launched 2015’s Ladder Exchange, which will run until December 31 and give ladder users the opportunity to exchange ‘dodgy’ ladders in exchange for new, discounted alternatives.
Established by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2007 and now run and managed by the industry trade body, the campaign has already resulted in thousands of defective ladders being taken out of service.
The Ladder Exchange allows users to exchange old ladders at any of the scheme’s participating partners located throughout the UK. It also champions safe ladder use and the need to inspect and maintain ladders at regular intervals in accordance with the regulations.
Martin Brooke, chairman of the Ladder Association, said: “Over two million people work on ladders daily in the UK and we want all those workers to work safely. If you take a chance with a faulty ladder you are risking an accident and potentially your life.
“We are delighted to champion the Ladder Exchange because it’s an initiative, alongside formal training, that can really make a difference and help keep people safe.”
The launch of this year’s campaign also marks the return of the ‘Idiots on Ladders’ competition, which invites the public to submit pictures of reckless and, in many cases, downright dangerous ladder use.
Mr. Brooke added: “Each year the competition only serves to reinforce the need for proper ladder training. Users must equip themselves with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to use ladders safely and productively. Training is vital.”