I recently worked for a customer who had quite a lucky escape after his step ladders gave way when he was using them to gain access to his loft. A couple of days after the fall he came round, lying in a hospital bed with his leg broken in two places, a nasty gash across his forehead and a bout of memory loss after connecting with a small cupboard unit on his way down.
How many of you, like me, have been using ladders or steps on a regular basis that are really past there use by date?
Sure they still work and allow you to carry out the tasks you need them for, but if you really think about it every time you climb those runs you are putting so much at stake.
Not in a million years did my customer wake up on that Sunday morning knowing that he was to be almost knocking on heavens door, but that one small wobble on the top of his steps has changed his life, the life he is lucky to still have.
“During 2007/08 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”. (Taken from the HSE website)
If expense is the reason you put up with your damaged or faulty equipment on a daily basis then the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) has the solution for you. Until the end of the year the HSE are running their ‘ladder exchange 2009’ campaign to remove and help in replacing your dodgy ladders with their part exchange scheme. The same as any other part exchange scheme, you will be able to chop in and exchange your ladders or steps for new ones at discounted and very competitive prices.
Check out The Ladder Association for an up to date list of companies who are participating in the ladder exchange and join the 5000 workmen who have already benefited from this.