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LADDER ASSOCIATION ‘IDIOTS’ COMPETITION WINNER

http://gallery.mailchimp.com/6ec39ba95ce261d16ad0e8544/images/2013IdiotWinnerSmall.jpgWorkers on Church project have faith in novel ladder combination

The Idiots on Ladders competition run by the Ladder Association has been “inundated with entries” from around the world highlighting the worst ways to work at height. The 2014 winning picture was viewed by thousands of people and secured nearly four times as many votes as the runner-up.

The picture involves two workmen showing some misplaced faith while trying to climb a church roof. One man on the ground holds up one ladder which props up a second one leaning against it at an angle. The other worker is halfway up the second ladder leaning into the steep church roof.

http://gallery.mailchimp.com/6ec39ba95ce261d16ad0e8544/images/2013IdiotWinnerSmall.jpgIdiots on Ladders runs alongside the Association’s Ladder Exchange scheme which lets people and companies around the UK trade in old ladders which might be in bad condition for discounts on new ones. Thousands of ladders have been exchanged since the initiative began in 2007. Details on ladder training and related news can also be found on the Association’s website.

Indispensable if used safely

Ladder Association Chairman Cameron Clow said:

Idiots on Ladders is about shaming bad practice and showing how important training is. The number of pictures the public sends in, and the things seen happening in them, is always hard to believe.

Ladders are a practical and indispensable option in the workplace, but like any other piece of work at height equipment they have to be used safely and competently.

The Ladder Association’s message has always been that if it’s right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely. With falls from height the main cause of death in the UK workplace, the people misusing their equipment in these pictures really are taking their lives in their hands.”

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