Date announced for AIF working at height Twitter symposium

The Access Industry Forum (AIF) has set the date for the UK’s first ever Twitter Symposium devoted exclusively to working at height in the workplace. Starting at 11.00am on Wednesday, 16 April 2014, it will take the form of a one-hour question and answer session and offer a unique opportunity to put questions to experts in every sector of the access industry.

Find out how to take part here


Ladder Association welcomes simplified HSE ladder guidance

The Ladder Association has welcomed the decision by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) not to change the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) following HSE’s completion of the review recommended by Professor Ragnar Lofstedt.

See the Association's response in full here


Idiots on Ladders winner 2013 announced

For the second year running the Ladder Association's Idiots on Ladders competition has been inundated with entries from around the world highlighting the worst ways to work at height. This year's winning picture was viewed by thousands of people and secured nearly four times as many votes as the runner up. 

See the winner and find out more - click here


Ladder Association responds to fatal fall from height

The tragic death of a roofing contractor, 58, following a fall from a ladder, and the subsequent successful prosecution of his employer by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in Magistrates’ Court last week, has prompted the Ladder Association to issue a statement emphasizing the importance of training when working at height.

To read the Association's response, please click here


Watch Jason Anker's new video

Jason Anker tours the country speaking about the fall from a ladder that paralysed him, and the effect it has had on his life. His previous video has been on sale since 2010, but now a new film looking at his affecting story can be viewed for free.

To learn more about Jason's Proud 2b Safe initiative and watch his video for free, click here


Ladder Exchange focuses on training after 40% jump

This month’s Ladder Exchange theme comes at an important time for the growth of ladder training. Already in 2013 the Ladder Association has trained more people on its three courses than were trained during the whole of 2012, which was itself a record breaking year.

For more details on the increase and how it came about click here


Ladder Exchange returns with an additional month

Following the success of last year’s campaign, which saw the number of ladders exchanged increase by 35%, the Ladder Association has launched this year’s inspection-led campaign with the news that it will now run from 1 September to 31 December 2013. According to Ladder Association chairman, Cameron Clow, the aim of the extra month is to deliver a clear safety message to home users in the run-up to Christmas.

To find out more about how this year's Exchange will work, please click here


New course launched for occasional ladder users

A new training course is fast finding favour amongst occasional users of steps and step stools in shops, offices, schools and the health sector. Delivered by the Ladder Association's nationwide network of approved training centres, Working with Steps and Step Stools covers everything from the law, relevant standards and the latest guidance, through to potential hazards and storing and handling steps and step stools in the workplace.


To find out more about the course and its availability, please click here


SHE 2013 seminars available free online

In May the last ever Safety & Health Expo (SHE) at Birmingham's NEC took place. Among the work at height associations who offered seminars at the Access Industry Forum (AIF) Knowledge Base was the Ladder Association. The talks which were given are now available on the AIF YouTube channel.

To find out more about the new developments the talks covered, and for direct links to them, please click here


Trained ladder users up 47%

The number of people trained by the Ladder Association in the safe use of ladders reached an all-time high in 2012, passing 5,000 for the first time. This unprecedented increase of almost 50% on 2011 came during a year when, despite a reduction in deaths and injuries, falls from height remained the most common cause of fatalities in the workplace.


To find out more about the increase, and why it happened, please click here


Ladders in Scaffolding: New Guidance

Launched at the recent Safety & Health Expo, the Ladder Association has published new guidance when using ladders in scaffolding. It underlines the need to ensure that ladders used in scaffolding applications meet the requisite standards and are supplied complete with the relevant - and genuine - approvals mark and test certificate. Comments the Association's Technical Director, Don Aers: " This new document is designed to inform and guide anyone with the responsibilty for specifying and purchasing ladders for use in scaffolding. Always use the right ladder, manufactured to the correct standard and use it safely." Ignorance is no defence.


  Click here to download PDF version


Ladder Association Toolbox Talks

See the latest advice and guidance when working at height by watching the Ladder Association's Toolbox Talks.


Click here to view the Toolbox talks