Local employers are being urged to exchange their ‘dodgy’ ladder for a new one, to help reduce injuries in the workplace.

Basildon Council’s Environmental Health Team are supporting the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) Ladder Exchange initiative which encourages businesses to take their old, bent or broken ladders to partner outlets and exchange it for a new one, with up to 50% off.

The offer starts on 1st September and will run for 3 months. The Council is urging employers to check their ladders for any faults and swap them for safer ones.

Every year around 30 workers are killed by falls from height and several hundred are seriously injured, many with life changing disabling injuries.  Around a third of these accidents are the result of a fall from a ladder.

Cllr Richard Moore, Cabinet Member for Planning, said, “Falling from height continues to be the main cause of death in the workplace and around a third of these are as a result of falling from a ladder. We want our businesses and workers to adopt sensible health and safety measures and get rid of defective ladders. We are urging all businesses to take advantage of this financial saving and ensure that the right ladder is being used for the job and that it is in good condition and used safely."

The scheme has been running since 2007 and has already replaced more than 8,000 old ladders in workplaces across the country.

The initiative, which is open to anyone who wants to swap their broken, bent of damaged ladder for a new one, runs in participating retailers until 30 November 2011.

Full details, along with advice and guidance on using ladders safely, are available on HSE’s website:

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