March 2018 is Ladder Safety Month

March 2018 is Ladder Safety Month

01st March 2018

While it’s not quite spring yet and summer is a long way off, there’s still something to celebrate about March 2018 – it’s Ladder Safety Month here in the UK and in America.  Here in the UK, the month has been divided into four weekly topics of ladder safety:

  • March 1 – 9 - Innovations in Ladder Design that make Work at Height Safe

  • March 12 – 16 - Ladder Safety at Work

  • March 19 – 23 - Ladder Safety at Home

  • March 26 – 30  - Ladder Training and Inspections

With around two million ladders in daily use here in the UK, this initiative, which began in the United States, aims to raise awareness of the dangers involved when using ladders or working at height and show how ladder products can help to keep workers safe when they are used correctly for the right application.

There will be a series of initiatives demonstrating ladders, podiums and other access products designed to ensure safety whilst working at height.  Research by RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases, and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013) reveal that there were an average of 40 deaths after falls from height in workplaces in the UK in the five year period from 2012 to 2017 while hundreds more workers suffered life changing injuries.  Statistics show that ladders can account for 40% of the falls in the workplace investigated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK each year.

It’s not just in the workplace that ladders pose a problem and, at least, in the workplace there are stringent rules governing the use of ladders and other access and work at height equipment.  When it comes to domestic accidents with ladders, either in the home or in the garden, there are no rules that must be followed by law, so the safe use of ladders is a matter of common sense.  However, it looks as if common sense may be in short supply in many cases as more than 48,000 people end up being treated in Accident and Emergency Units in the UK every year!  This clearly demonstrates that we don’t take enough care when using domestic ladders.  This is a subject that we’ve covered in the past but it looks as if an article raising awareness would be a good idea.  With warmer weather approaching soon, we’re pretty sure here at Safety Fabrications that many homeowners will be hauling out the ladders before too long to carry out some odd jobs around the house and garden so we’ll have some advice for you soon.

In the meantime, we feel it’s time for a series of articles in support of Ladder Safety Month so each week during the month of March we’re going to publish a more detailed article focusing on the specific safety topic of the week.  If you don’t want to miss out on these articles, why not follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get a handy reminder of when the article is published?  In the meantime, stay safe on those ladders!