Edge protection can make an important contribution to safety if you are installing Christmas lights and other decorations around the edge of your workplace roof this winter.
In many cases, a ladder is sufficient to reach high enough to install lights – particularly in domestic settings.
But with the Ladder Exchange Initiative 2013 already underway, it is the perfect opportunity to look at more secure safety ladders for reaching higher, or edge protection if decorations are being installed from the roof edge downwards.
The Ladder Exchange was launched in 2007 as a means of discouraging people from using ladders that are not right for the task at hand, potentially due to being bent or broken.
It re-launched for 2013 in September, and November’s topic looks at best-practice use of ladders, ahead of a month’s focus on home use in December.
Cameron Clow, chairman of the Ladder Association, says the initiative “will enable us to remind the public of the need to check and inspect ladders and stepladders before using them to put up Christmas lights and decorations”.
But it is equally important that professional workplaces should be made safe for the installation of large-scale lighting and decorations, and this is where edge protection and safety ladders can help to make sure the festive season goes without a hitch.