12 Aug 2009

Ladder Exchange - Replace faulty ladders

HSE Shattered Lives:

Ladder Exchange Initiative 2009 is coming soon

This year the Ladder Exchange Initiative will run from 1 September until 31 December 2009. It is easy to get involved. If you need to use a ladder, make sure it's in good working order, safe to use and the right ladder for the job. Inspection is such a crucial component of using ladders safely. Check your ladder before you use it; if it's broken, damaged or bent then 'Ladder Exchange' is an opportunity to part exchange your old ladder for a new one and get a discount of up to 50%.

What is the Ladder Exchange Initiative?

The Ladder Exchange Initiative is simple; if you have a ladder which is bent, broken or battered you can part exchange it for a new one at any one of our partner outlets who are offering discounts on the sales of all ladders at very competitive rates. It also provides dutyholders with an opportunity to review pre-use checks, training, supervision and other arrangements for ladder work.

What the HSE has achieved with their partners so far

Over the last two years HSE has worked collaboratively with Local Authorities, and several partner outlets, to remove over 5,500 ‘dodgy’ ladders from the workplace.. As a result of these successes, Ladder Exchange will now be an annual initiative.

Why are the HSE making this an annual initiative?

During 2007/8p 58 workers died and 3623 suffered a serious injury as a result of a fall from height. Ladders remain the most common agent involved accounting for approximately a third of all reported falls from height incidents.

Source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/falls/ladderexchange.htm?ebul=slips/aug09&cr=2 (Reproduced under the terms of the Click-Use Licence.)

This initiative from the HSE is an amazing opportunity for companies to replace their faulty ladders. It is also an ideal opportunity to consider the implementation of our ladder inspection systems. Once you have your shiny new ladder, the implementation of our innovative ladder inspection system will help ensure that your ladder remains in good condition. Visit the HSE website for more details on the scheme, or visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk/ladder.php for more information about our ladder inspection solutions.

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