Brierfield, United Kingdom (PressExposure) May 08, 2012 -- The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed that injuries due to falls from ladders and step ladders has fallen from 2,132 in 2008 to 2011 in 2009 and 1,817 in 2010.
However, there has actually been an increase of around 51 per cent in the total number of falls from height reported to HSE over the same period. From 2002, there was a drop of 31 per cent.
The Ladder Association says the increase in ladder safety result of combination of initiatives in collaboration with other agencies.
The Ladder association says: "Whatever the skeptics may say, it cannot be denied that these welcome statistics coincide with a significant increase in the number of users successfully completing a Ladder Association training course.
"Since the training scheme was first launched in November 2005, the year-on-year increase, after an initial exponential growth in the first few years, has been consistent at around 25 per cent for the last couple of years."
The Ladder Association constantly promotes the message that if you must use a ladder, use it safely.
The message gets through much more quickly when supported by companies and campaigners such as Browns Ladders.
The HSE has had a major impact on bringing ladder safety into the public awareness, especially with it's recent Ladder Exchange programme, including maintenance and keeping them safe for use.
The Ladder Exchange, which ran from 2007 up until this year, helped to remove thousands of unsafe and damaged ladders in the workplace.
Browns Ladders has proved to be an excellent example of what can be achieved then the trade body, the regulator and the industry at large work towards a common goal.
Since 2004 it has provided an effective platform for the Ladder Association to address a wide and varied audience at events like the Safety & Health Expo and the IOSH Conference and Exhibition. These have all contributed to driving home the association's message about safety and best practice."
"In tandem with other organisations, the association is making a difference. Promoting the need for training to hardened ladder users was never going to be easy. It's an educational process and that takes time. However, we're making measurable progress and the statistics seem to underline that."
Browns Ladders takes working at height and ladder safety very seriously.
Browns Ladders can offer On Site Ladder Inspections nationwide that can be carried out at 3, 4 or 6 monthly intervals.
The Health and Safety Executive has stated:
All work at height is properly planned and organised
Those involved in work at height are competent.
Equipment for work at height is properly inspected and maintained
These invaluable on-site Health & Safety checks cover the inspection of all access equipment within the factory site, from general step ladders and ladder safety to machine stairways, tower scaffold and work platforms.
Browns Ladders will come on site and make sure that all access equipment is inspected, tagged, coded, dated and registered, should any item be found to be faulty at your request we can repair or replace with the least amount of interruption to work as possible.