Biggest Idiots on Ladder announced

By Sarah Ann McCay26 January 2014

Idiots on Ladders 2013 winner

Idiots on Ladders 2013 winner

The UK's Ladder Association’s 2013 Idiots on Ladders Facebook competition has provided a clear winner, it says, with a photo of two men showing a dangerous misuse of ladders.

In the photo, 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, with only the steep church roof to lean into. 

The winning picture received nearly four times as many votes as the runner-up making it a clear winner, said the association.

The Idiots on Ladders competition runs alongside the Ladder 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.

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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