Tool and equipment hire company HSS Hire has teamed up with the HSE to launch the 2009 Ladder Exchange.
The campaign is designed to promote working at height and ladder safety.
From 1 September, unsafe ladders can be confiscated by HSE and local authority enforcement officers. The Ladder Exchange encourages both trade and DIY users to ensure compliance by exchanging damaged, broken or old ladders for a discount on some brand new, safe ones. All HSS branches will be offering a discount of up to 50% on the purchase of selected ladders and all old ladders will be recycled. In addition, HSS Training will be offering a 20% discount on all related ladder training courses.
Although no official ladder inspections will take place, HSE and the local authority enforcement officers will take action if they see an unsafe ladder being used.
Peter Brown HSE Head of Work Environment, Radiation and Gas Division said: “In 2007/08 58 workers died and over 3600 were seriously injured as a result of a fall from height in the workplace – over a quarter of these incidents involved ladders.”