This March we will be staging a series of initiatives to demonstrate ladders, podiums and related access products can be the safest way of working at height. We believe that provided you risk assess correctly, select the most appropriate product and use it correctly everyone should and can return home safely at the end of the day.
- Research by RIDDOR shows there were 37 deaths after falls from height in UK workplaces in 2015/16.
- Problems with ladders can account for up to 40% of such falls investigated by the Health & Safety Executive in workplaces in the UK each year.
- An estimated two million ladders are used daily in the UK.
- Around 48,000 people attend UK A&E departments annually because of domestic accidents with ladders.
What is National Ladder Safety Month?
TB Davies is supporting an initiative by the American Ladder Institute to help prevent injuries and save lives. Ladder Safety Month takes place this March 2017 and is the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety, at home and at work. The primary areas of focus through the month:
- March 1 – 11: Innovations in Ladder Design that make Work at Height Safe
- March 12 – 18: Ladder Safety at Work
- March 19 – 25: Ladder Safety at Home
- March 26 – April 1: Ladder Training & Inspections
Returning home safely at the end of the day
LadderSafetyMonth communication programme is that ladder related products are safe and accidents are preventable with better planning, training and innovation in product design. The goals of Ladder Safety Month are to:
- Increase awareness of training
- Increase awareness of the need to inspect equipment frequently
- Improve the image of the industry and prove that ladder type products are safe
- Improve product specifiers knowledge so they can assess risks more clearly and specify the correct solution
- Increase the awareness of new products in the market that can help prevent injuries and save lives
- Decrease number of ladder-related injuries and fatalities
- Increase the number of companies and individuals that inspect and properly dispose of old, damaged or obsolete ladders.