WernerCo has pledged its support to the Ladder Association’s ‘Get a Grip’ ladder safety campaign.

As part of WernerCo’s commitment to improving safety standards across the industry, it is working with the not-for-profit organisation to urge ladder users – and those responsible for managing the safe use of ladders – to ‘Get a Grip’ on ladder training.

Falls from height remain the highest cause of workplace accidents, and the Health and Safety Executive reports that 40% of working at height accidents occur when using a ladder.

As part of the campaign, the Ladder Association has created a range of free guides, which are available to download, covering a range of topics including using ladders and stepladders correctly, what to look out for when inspecting equipment, and the benefits of professional training for use and inspection.

Joanne Mitchell, Marketing Manager for WernerCo, said: “It is important for us as an organisation to ensure we’re doing all we can to help protect our users, so that’s why we’re working with the Ladder Association to ensure we’re putting ladder training at the top of the safety agenda.

“The figures surrounding falls from height sadly remain the highest cause of fatal injuries and businesses have recently faced record fines for not correctly safeguarding their staff. That is why it is more important than ever to ensure everyone using a ladder is fully trained and competent to do so.”

WernerCo and the Ladder Association both carry out work at height training sessions to provide the practical knowledge required to use ladders and stepladders safely and correctly in the workplace. Those who complete the course are issued with a LadderCard to demonstrate their competence when working with ladders.

Courses comprise practical and theory assessments, covering how to handle and how to store a ladder, as well as how to highlight potential hazards. For inspectors, delegates can learn how to assess and determine when it is appropriate to inspect a ladder or stepladder, and how to recommend the correct action if faults are found. The inspector course is for those who have already received their initial user training and are already in possession of a LadderCard.

To discover more information about the Ladder Association’s Get a Grip campaign visit www.ladderassociation.org.uk/get-a-grip/.