The potential dangers of misusing ladders are to again be highlighted by a contest aimed at finding their most irresponsible users.
Members of the public are being invited to submit the most shocking photos they can find for the annual Idiots on Ladders competition.
The Ladder Association hopes the ‘contest’ will help enhance levels and awareness of ladder safety, while another initiative is aimed at taking dangerous equipment out of circulation.
Its Ladder Exchange programme enables people with older ladders to trade them in for safe, new ones at a discounted price.
Ladder users can also get training and guidance on how to use a ladder safely through the association.
Association chairman Cameron Clow says although most people are aware of how to use a ladder safely, it has always been inundated with revealing pictures when it has run the competition in previous years.
He says that, although this points to an awareness of people recognising when a ladder is not being used properly, it also highlights the fact that equipment is still being misused far too often.
Failing to use a ladder properly raises the risk of falls, injuries and even death.
Pictures for the Idiots on Ladders competition can be submitted via the association’s Facebook page with the picture attracting the most ‘likes’ by the end of 2014 being declared the winner.
Alternatively pictures can be submitted via email to email@example.com
Accident Advice Helpline can point ladder users in the direction of ladder safety training courses, which include learning about the Health and Safety at Work Act as well as the Working at Height Regulations.