UK’s Innovative Ladder Safety Campaign

The Ladder Association, the organization behind the annual “Idiots on Ladders” competition, has returned, this time with the Ladder Leaders/Ladder Losers competition.

From Oct. 1 through Nov. 11, followers of their Facebook page had the opportunity to post photos of ladder losers and leaders.

In a press release announcing the Ladder Leaders/Ladder Losers competition, the group noted, “When it comes to working at height, knowing how to use your equipment is just as important as getting it in the first place.

In the US, according to OSHA, falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination and extension) are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries. In 2016, there were 370 fatal falls to a lower level out of 991 construction fatalities.

Since 2012, OSHA has partnered with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) – Construction Sector on the Fall Prevention Campaign – to raise awareness among workers and employers about common fall hazards in construction, and how falls from ladders, scaffolds and roofs can be prevented.