UK Ladder Association emphasises importance of training

By Maria Hadlow15 July 2008

Following an incident where a 73 year old school caretaker successfully claimed damages for severe injuries sustained after falling from a step ladder, the chairman of the UK Ladder Association reiterated the importance of appropriate training.

Don Aers, chairman of the Ladder Association, has issued a statement highlighting the link between training safety and competency, and reminding employers to address the need for training when using ladders and step ladders.

"Training is the most important tool to reduce falls from height," said Mr Aers. "Users expect to receive formal training on other types of access equipment such as access towers and work platforms so why not on ladders?"

Mr Aers believes than in certain circumstances a ladder can be the perfect tool for the job but training in a ladder's correct selection and use is paramount. He said "For uncomplicated short duration work, ladders and stepladders remain a good option particularly when you consider the global risk of using other types of access equipment that take much longer to erect and dismantle."

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