Businesses Urged to Part-Exchange Broken Ladders
Employers who have staff working at height are being given the chance to obtain new ladders, as part of a new safety initiative launched by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
Under the HSE’s 2009 Ladder Exchange scheme, employers are urged to make sure that all ladders used in the workplace are safe, by checking to see if they are broken, bent or battered.
Businesses are also being encouraged to trade in their old ladders, in part-exchange for new and potentially safer alternatives. Discounts of up to 50 per cent are available from a number of HSE trade partners, including HSS Hire and ladderstore.com.
Details of which firms are taking part in the scheme are available at http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/get-involved.htm
According to the HSE, ladders account for more than a quarter of all accidents involving a fall from height.
“All employers have a responsibility to ensure workers’ safety,” said an HSE spokesman. “Make sure a ladder is in a good working condition, safe to use and always check that it’s the right ladder for the job. Inspection is such a crucial component of using ladders safely.”
In the two years in which it has previously run the Ladder Exchange scheme, the HSE claims to have removed 5,500 “dodgy” ladders from workplaces.
During 2007-08, 58 workers died and 3,623 suffered serious injury as a result of a fall from height, according to HSE research.
For more information on the Ladder Exchange scheme, visit the HSE website http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/ladderexchange.htm
For guidance on preventing falls from height, visit the HSE website http://news.hse.gov.uk/category/falls-from-height