HSS Hire Supports News Ladder Safety Campaign
on: May 18, 2010, 12:01 pm
May 2010: HSS Hire, the UK’s award-winning tool and equipment
hire company, has announced it will be supporting the Ladder
Association’s new safety campaign ‘Don’t be a Ladder Lightweight’.
The initiative will encourage proper training in ladder use to help combat the
over-confident and sometimes unsafe approach of ladder users who underestimate the
associated dangers. The campaign is also aimed at ensuring ladder users, managers
and supervisors are competent in line with Work at Height regulations.
With an estimated 2 million operated daily, ladders are - and will remain
- an invaluable and flexible piece of workplace equipment. However, as with any type
of working at height, they pose potential risks to the well-being of the operator
and the ‘Ladder Lightweight’ campaign hopes to educate those that take ladders and
their associated risks for granted.
Ladder Association chairman, Chris Ball, says: “Sadly, familiarity breeds contempt.
Our aim is simply to promote an informed and professional approach to ladder use,
just like any other piece of access equipment. Falls can be avoided by sensible and
proportionate management of the risks – knowledge and skills best acquired through
training. We’ve actively supported the Health and Safety Executive’s Ladder Exchange
initiative for the last 3 years to help highlight the importance of safe ladder
Integral to the initiative is the association’s new Code of Practice which can also
be used as a stand-alone reference. With a foreward from the HSE, the code comprises
employers’ and users’ responsibilities, the Working at Height Regulations, risk
avoidance and the importance of planning, inspection and maintenance. The CoP also
complements the Ladder Association’s one-day training course, offered by HSS
Head of Health and Safety at HSS, David Wilson, adds: “The ladder is, and always
will be, integral to working at height but it’s also not without risk. It’s really
important that people understand the dangers of using ladders in the workplace and
at home and that they are aware of the correct procedures to help minimise those
risks. By using the right equipment, by ensuring that it’s fit for purpose and by
being aware of the safest working practices, the risk can be managed and ladders can
be used safely. We’re able to help on all accounts and are delighted to be
supporting this latest ladder safety campaign”.
HSS Hire remains the only tool and equipment hire company to have achieved the
coveted 4* British Safety award and also offer a comprehensive range of
industry-recognised safety, technical and personnel training courses.
Notes to editors:
HSS Hire Service Group is a UK-based tool rental and equipment hire chain that has been serving big businesses, trade and DIY
customers since 1957. It is the Hire Association Europe’s Hire Company of the Year
2009 and Contract Journal’s Plant Hire Company of the Year 2009. It has just been
recognised by the HAE for Excellence in Customer Care.
Operating under the banner of HSS Hire, the group has an established nationwide
network of over 250 locations including a number of supercentres with extended
opening hours. The company also runs a dedicated training division and offers a
range of innovative hire related services including HSS Assured, HSS Pitstop and HSS
HSS Hire is ISO9000, ISO14001 and SAFE-Hire certified and holds Investors in People
status as well as a 4 star British Safety Award.
Media Contacts: Vickita Chauhan at Gyro International –
firstname.lastname@example.org/ Anna Exley at HSS Hire – email@example.com http://www.hss.com