04 June 2007
HSE highlights ladder dangers
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has highlighted the dangers of workplace ladders and is establishing a ladder exchange to replace unsafe ladders in the workplace.
It is hoped the scheme from the HSE will help to remove around 4,000 unsafe ladders across the UK's workplaces and reduce the risk of serious injury to employees.
According to research from the HSE, 100 people fall off a ladder while at work every month and often suffer serious injury as a result.
Commenting on the new initiative, Stephen Williams, HSE London divisional director, said that removing the ladders would be a major step in helping improve the safety of employees at work.
He explained: "The 1,200 fatal and major injuries each year that result in a fall from a ladder cost the economy more than £60 million."
During 2005/06, HSE figures show that as many as 46 workers died as a result of injuries suffered when falling from height in the workplace, demonstrating the importance of the new initiative to replace dodgy ladders.