The Ladder Association’s Ladder Exchange scheme has started but its competition to spot fools gets underway too
The Ladder Association (LA) is again asking for submissions to its Idiots on Ladders contest, whereby the public send in the worst pictures of ladder use they can find, to show just how dangerous it can be to misuse a ladder.
The competition is part of a two-pronged push to help ensure ladder users are safe. While the Ladder Exchange – which lets people trade their old, possibly dodgy ladders for safe new ones at a discount – takes unsafe equipment out of circulation, Idiots on Ladders looks at the role of people using the equipment.
The contest is held on the Ladder Association’s Facebook page, where pictures sent in by the public are added to an album, and the one with the most ‘likes’ at the end of the Ladder Exchange in December is crowned this year’s biggest Idiot on a Ladder.
For this year’s exchange, the focus on people keeping themselves safe is just as vital as the condition of their ladders. Its first month is themed around safe use and training.
“Most people these days understand what makes ladder use safe or unsafe,” said Cameron Clow, Chairman, LA. “For two years now we have been running the Idiots on Ladders contest and each time, pictures have come flooding in. That shows that the public knows when people are doing something on a ladder they shouldn’t, and are shocked by it, but it also shows that misusing a ladder is far too common.”
Mr Clow went on to state that the LA will be devoting a month of the Ladder Exchange to promoting safe use so that everyone knows the guidance and training they need is available. “You don’t have to be working in construction to benefit, even occasional users in retail, for example, have a course tailored to them,” he explained. “Putting aside a few hours of a day can ensure you never wind up being an Idiot on a Ladder.”
This year’s Exchange runs from 1 September until 31 December.
For further information, visit the website: www.ladderexchange.org.uk
Caption Can you beat this idiot? How not to use a ladder is the focus of a competition being run by the Ladder Association.