The Ladder Association and Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have released two new guidance documents that are set to help thousands of people work more safely on ladders.

With falls from height being the leading cause of accidents and fatalities in the workplace, the updated guidance will be welcomed by safety professionals, site managers, company directors and ladder users alike.

The new guidance will be launched at a free 90 minute online event on Thursday 15 July at 10:30, at which attendees will learn about the key steps to preventing ladder accidents, including advbice about how to select and maintain safe equipment, and ensure that all workers are competent.

The event host is Gail Hounslea, chairman of the Ladder Association, who will introduce Paul Cook, who has undertaken a range of senior policy and communications roles with the Health & Safety Executive since 2009 and is currently head of web services, content and design. Paul will use real life examples to highlight the leading causes of ladder falls, the importance of industry guidance in preventing these accidents and explain the recent changes.


Attendees will also hear from ladder safety experts Don Aers (technical director, Ladder Association), Francis Camilleri (director, TB Davies), Steve Booker (group managing director, Kentec Training) and Dennis Seaton (regional training manager, HSS Training).

The presentations will round off with Peter Bennett OBE, executive director of the Ladder Association, who will share his thoughts on preventing falls from height on a wider scale. All speakers will be on hand to answer audience questions live afterwards. Attendees will receive a CPD certificate, a recording of the event, and an exclusive first look at the HSE's new ladder safety webpages so they can give feedback before they go live.

The event is free to attend, so register to reserve your place right here.