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Online campaign asks 'Who is the biggest idiot on a ladder?'
Published:  15 October, 2012

The Ladder Association is using its Facebook channel to collect pictures of the most dangerous and ridiculous uses of ladders, in a bid to find the biggest 'Idiot on a Ladder'.

The campaign, running alongside the Association’s Ladder Exchange, aims to promote safe ladder use, shame negligent users, and encourage training for those who use ladders at work.

Examples include a man climbing a tree with a chainsaw, propping himself up on a branch; a hedge trimmer reaching higher by sitting a stepladder on top of another ladder; a worker dealing with a storefront on a ladder held up by a colleague.

Cameron Clow, chairman of the Ladder Association, said: “This campaign has been great for showing the amount of unsafe and dangerous ladder use going on every day. We began the search for pictures at the start of September, and the images we have received since then have proved that this kind of misuse is unfortunately happening far too regularly.

“Thousands of people are seriously injured through falls from height every year - these images might appear humourous to some, but the potentially life threatening outcome of these situations going wrong is no laughing matter.

“Through this campaign we hope to encourage training by showing the worst of what can happen without it, and shaming people who attempt to work in a ludicrously unsafe manner to change their ways. Ladders are a safe piece of equipment for working at height, if they are selected and used in a competent manner.”

The image currently tied for the most popular position came from a newspaper report published in July, which shows a gardener up a tree, one foot on his ladder and the other on a branch, with both hands holding a chainsaw. The picture led to him being fined £6,000.

The search for ‘Idiots on Ladders’ will continue parallel to the Ladder Exchange until the end of November, with the winning picture, having received the most “Likes” on Facebook, to be announced in December. For more information and to send in new pictures visit the Ladder Association website.To view the album of images visit the Association’s Facebook page.