A new hard-hitting campaign highlighting the long-term, life-changing impact that falls can have on family and friends has been launched by The Ladder Association and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
Falls from height are the single biggest cause of injury in the workplace, with 29,000 people reporting such an injury over the past five years, and the cost is estimated at £800m. Meanwhile, falls in general are consistently the number one cause of hospital admissions from accident.
The Get a Grip safety campaign features Abbi Taylor, whose father Jason Anker was paralysed after a fall from height when she was aged just three, and who talks openly about how her life with him has been profoundly affected.
The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of using ladders and stepladders safely, both at work and at home, reducing accidents and the heartache they cause for everyone.
Dr Karen McDonnell, occupational safety and health policy adviser for RoSPA, said: “We know that there can often be a temptation for workers, and those working on their own homes, to exclude the proper safety steps when using ladders, as happened when Jason had his fall. We are aware people have deadlines and other pressures, but by cutting corners you’re putting yourself in harm’s way. While that might not worry some, hopefully, by making them think about what could happen to family and friends in the event of a fall, we can get them to think twice about their safety.”
Alison Thewliss MP, chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Working at Height, said: “The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Working at Height has recently published an inquiry report regarding falls from height. The published report makes a number of recommendations that the APPG will continue to present to UK Government Ministers – via debates and questions – to help drive improvements in safety for employers and employees alike.”