'Get a Grip' is the new National Ladder Safety Campaign sponsored by the Ladder Association, in partnership with RoSPA! Together we are promoting the safe use of ladders and stepladders at work and at home - reducing avoidable accidents and keeping you and your family safe. Our message is clear - if it's right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely!
Abbi Taylor pictured with her Dad, Jason Anker MBE
In 1993, Jason was left paralysed from the waist down after falling 10ft from an untied ladder. Now he - and Abbi - use their voice to tell their personal story and spread the safety message.
“I was just 3 years old when my Dad had his accident and now 20 plus years later it still affects me and my family. My aim is to stop this happening to any other family”...
A fall from height doesn't just have an effect on your life - it can have life-changing consequences for your family too as you'll see from our video.
DON'T BE A STATISTIC - GET A GRIP ON LADDER SAFETY!
Falls from height remains the biggest cause of life-changing injuries and death at work.1
In 2018/19, 40 people in the UK left home for work and never returned following a fall from height.2
Over the last five years almost 29,000 people reported a fall from height injury.3
Over the last five years the cost of people falling from height is estimated at £800,000,000 with many people needing lifelong care.4
Since 2014 in the UK nearly 200 people have died falling from height.5
3 Key Tips for Ladder Safety at Work and at Home
1. THINK is it right to use a ladder?
Ladders can be a sensible and practical choice for low risk AND short duration tasks (that are expected to take no longer than 30 minutes).
2. SELECT the right ladder
Does your ladder meet the new (or previous) EN 131 standard or BS 1129 and BS 2037 standards? Plus, choose
the type of ladder best suited to your specific task (i.e. stepladder, extension
ladder, roof ladder).
3. CHECK is the ladder safe to use?
Check all rungs, stiles, tread, feet, platforms, locking bars and fixings are in good condition (not bent, damaged, worn or missing). If the ladder’s dirty, clean it - damage can be hidden beneath the dirt. Don’t take any risks!
These basic tips are a great starting point, but the best way to make sure you know how to use and inspect ladders safely and competently is through Ladder Training.
Approved Ladder Training - More Than Just Using a Ladder
Whether you use ladders daily or just 'now and then', do you really know how to use them safely? There are many situations where a ladder can be the right solution, but they shouldn’t automatically be your first choice.
We strongly believe training is an important contribution in keeping people safe when working at height and that training is about more than just using the ladder; it’s about helping people understand when it’s right to use a ladder, (and even more so in this case, when it’s not right to use a ladder), choosing the right ladder and then understanding the simple steps to use your ladder safely.
When you complete a Ladder Association training course, you’ll be awarded a LadderCard which, for businesses, can help you prove competence as required by the Work at Height Regulations. The LadderCard is valid for 5 years.
Ladders & Stepladders for USERS (Half Day)
This is our main course for anyone who regularly uses ladders or stepladders as part of their daily work.
It consists of practical and theory assessments over at least four hours, and covers when and how to use a ladder, handling and storage, understanding the law, standards, and potential hazards.
Ladders & Stepladders INSPECTION (Half Day)
This course is aimed at anyone who is responsible for inspecting and maintaining ladders or stepladders in their workplace.
It is as comprehensive as the Ladder & Stepladder User course, and covers practical guidance on assessing the need for inspection, fault-finding and recommending actions, record keeping, as well as the law.
*NEW* - COMBINED User & Inspection (Full Day)
This course is aimed at anyone who is responsible for using AND inspecting ladders or stepladders in their workplace.
It covers Legislation and Criteria for Ladder Use, Ladder Types, Components and Standards, Hazard Assessing Risks – S.T.E.P, Storage, Transportation & Maintenance and Inspection of Ladders & Step Ladders.
Steps and Step Stools for USERS (2.5 Hours)
A shorter course (minimum 2.5 hours), aimed at more occasional users of stepladders and step stools – those working in shops, offices, schools, hospitals and other sectors where using this equipment to access height is infrequent.
The course covers essential information in the safe use of ladders, ladder standards, hazards and the law.
If you're looking for further information on ladder safety, ladder training and the new EN131 ladder standards, you can download our free guides by completing the short form below (you'll automatically be re-directed to a page where you can view them immediately).