Launch of the 2014 Ladder Exchange

People and businesses across the UK again have the chance to trade their old ladders in for discounted new ones this year, with the Ladder Exchange 2014 beginning on September 1st.

The Ladder Exchange takes old, potentially dangerous ladders out of circulation by offering people a cash incentive to trade them in. The 2014 scheme will run from September 1st until the end of the year.

For more details on this year's scheme go to the Exchange website or click here.

 
 

 

 

The Health & Safety at Work Act at 40

July 31st marked the 40th birthday of the Health & Safety at Work Act (HSWA), which has seen the UK grow to be among the world's safest places to work. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE), which has been celebrating the anniversary, singled out 2012's fatality-free London Olympic construction as proof of the act's legacy.

More details about the HSE's celebration of the milestone can be found here.

 
 

Ladder Association to support Working Well Together event

The Association will be promoting safety and best practice when using ladders and stepladders at a ‘Working at Height Safely’ event organised by Working Well Together (WWT) – the HSE backed campaign promoting safety in the construction industry.

The free, half-day event in Newark on Friday, 3 October 2014, will feature talks and demonstrations by ladder experts and is not to be missed! More details from the organiser ian.weekes@hse.gsi.gov.uk

 
 

New PocketCard promotes best practice

The Ladder Association, a founder member of the Access Industry Forum (AIF), features in a new AIF PocketCard ‘What to watch when working at height’. On one side it gives basic advice and information on how to avoid, prevent and minimise the risks of a fall, and on the other the contact details for all the AIF member organisations which also include PASMA, IPAF, FASET and SAEMA.

For more details email info@accessindustryforum.org.uk

 
 

Stepping up ladder training

More and more companies are coming to recognise the benefits of professional ladder training. “More often than not, falls from ladders are caused by inappropriate or incorrect use,” says Ladder Association chairman, Cameron Clow. “These can be avoided by proper training, which is why the Ladder Association manages and delivers three separate training courses at approved training centres across the UK.”

The courses are:

* Ladder and Stepladder
* Ladder and Stepladder Inspection
* Working with Steps and Step Stools

More information about the courses and details of approved training centres are available from this site.

 
 

Association delivers CoreSkills+ workshop at IOSH Conference

At the invitation of IOSH and in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Association recently delivered an hour-long workshop at the IOSH Conference at ExCeL in London’s Docklands.

The Association regularly gets invitations to address conferences, seminars and regional meetings and is happy to consider any such requests where the focus is on driving forward the height safety agenda. Contact michael.fern@ladderassociation.org.uk

 
 

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

 
 

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

 
 

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

 
  

 

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