2nd September 2009

INFORMATION
UPDATE

 Issue No.  2009/17

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  Need a New Ladder?

It might sound unlikely but the HSE are sponsoring a ladder exchange initiative as part of their ‘Slips, Trips & Falls’ campaign which has been running since the beginning of 2008.
 
All you do is take your old ladder to one of the nominated suppliers and get a discounted new one.  Offer is available from 1st September to 31st December 2009. 
 
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 the HSE partner outlets who are offering discounts on the sales of all ladders at very competitive rates. It also provides duty holders with an opportunity to review pre-use checks, training, supervision and other arrangements for ladder work.
 
Over the last two years the HSE have worked collaboratively with Local Authorities, and several partner outlets, to remove over 5,500 ‘dodgy’ ladders from the workplace.
 
During 2007/8 58 workers died and 3623 suffered a serious injury as a result of a fall from height. Ladders remain the most common agent involved and account for more than a quarter of all reported falls from height incidents.
 
Safe Use of Ladders
If you need to use a ladder, make sure it’s in a good working condition, safe to use and it’s the right ladder for the job. Inspection is such a crucial component of using ladders safely.
 
Every time you use a ladder you should do a pre-use check beforehand to make sure that it is safe for use.
 
A pre use check should be carried out by:
  • The user;
  • At the beginning of the working day; and
  • After something has changed i.e. ladder dropped or moved from a dirty area to a clean area (check state or condition of feet)
The benefit of conducting daily pre-use checks is that they provide the opportunity to pick up any immediate/serious defects before they cause an accident.
 
If your ladder is 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%.
 
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