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LAUNCHED IN 2018, the Ladder Association’s ‘Get a Grip’ on ladder safety campaign has been nominated as a finalist in the Trade Association Forum’s 2019 Best Practice Awards in the category of Marketing Campaign of the Year.

The annual awards - which are formally supported by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy - recognise, reward and promote best practice amongst trade associations in the UK. 

With falls from height still the single biggest cause of life-changing injuries and fatalities in the workplace, the campaign informs and educates ladder users about the risks involved and the need to ’Get a Grip’ on ladder safety. 

In 2017/18, 35 people in the UK left home for work expecting a perfectly normal day, never to return following a fall. 

‘If it’s right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely’ is the clear message of the campaign which sets out to increase awareness of the need for ladder training to reduce the number and consequences of a fall from height. 

Comments campaign manager Lorraine Brown “Now in its fourth phase, the campaign has gone from strength to strength and has attracted support and engagement from a wide range of organisations, including RoSPA, where ’Get a Grip’ is being used to help support the delivery of their National Accident Prevention Plan, particularly around fall prevention.”

A newly created ‘Ladder Safety Pocket Guide’ includes key tips on ladder safety, information about ladder training and a QR code taking the reader to ‘Abbi’s Story’ - a powerful, heart-wrenching video describing the life-changing consequences a fall from height can have on the whole family.

Says Gail Hounslea “Everyone at the Ladder Association is delighted that the campaign has been nominated for such a prestigious award. More importantly, we’re thrilled that ‘Get a Grip’ is making a measurable contribution to work at height safety, with close to 9,000 Ladder Safety Packs downloaded to date from our website.” 

The winners will be announced by the Trade Association Forum on 9 July 2019 at County Hall in London. 


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About the Ladder Association:

The Ladder Association is the not-for-profit authority dedicated to promoting the safe use of ladders and stepladders. 

We work closely with the HSE and the Access Industry Forum (AIF) to support codes of good practice, minimum standards for equipment, trained and qualified operatives and education in the work at height sector.

Our members include manufacturers, rental companies, training providers and ladder users. In addition to administering the LadderCard training scheme, we publish safety guidance, a code of practice and technical notes (free on our website).

About the Get a grip on ladder safety campaign:

In August 2018, the Ladder Association launched its ‘Get a Grip’ Ladder Safety Campaign, the single biggest campaign in the Association’s history. With falls from height the biggest cause of life-changing injuries and deaths at work and the shocking statistic that in 2017/18, 35 people in the UK left home for work and never returned following a fall from height, the Association urged ladder users – and anyone involved in ladder use – to ‘Get a Grip’ on ladder safety and training.

The message was clear; if it’s right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely. Find out more at 

About the TFA Best Practice Awards 2019:

Now in its Seventeenth year, this prestigious award ceremony is eagerly anticipated by Trade Association Forum Members as a chance to recognise, reward and promote best practice amongst trade associations in the UK.

Fall from height: Life changing injuries “wholly avoidable”

Avoidable accidents are still occurring in the workplace as a result of companies failing to properly plan and ensure that appropriate equipment is being used when working at height - as highlighted by a recent prosecution at Leeds Magistrates' Court.


Two companies have been prosecuted following an incident during which a worker suffered life changing injuries after falling 9.7m through a roof light whilst working as a sheet cladder at a factory in West Yorkshire. His injuries resulted in surgical operations to insert six pins into his pelvis, together with two further pins at the top of his femur and two at the bottom


The principal contractor and cladding installer pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 (1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were fined £145,000 with £5,046.30 costs and £165,000 with £5114.49 costs respectively.


Following the hearing HSE Inspector Paul Thompson commented “Work at height, such as roof work, is a high-risk activity that accounts for a high proportion of workplace serious injuries and fatalities each year. This was a wholly avoidable incident, caused by the failure of the principal contractor to manage and monitor the works to ensure the correct work equipment was being used. The risk was further amplified by the cladding company’s failure to ensure suitable measures were in place to prevent persons falling a distance liable to cause personal injury.”  


For the No Falls Foundation, Hannah Williams commented “This incident emphasises the need for companies to ensure that working at height is properly planned, supervised and carried out by a competent person. This fall could have been totally avoided had this been the case.”


Falls from height are still the leading cause of death in the workplace and result in an additional estimated 118 injuries every day.


The No Falls Foundation is the UK’s first and only charity devoted exclusively to the working at height sector. It is dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people effected by the life-changing consequences of a fall. It has three main objectives: Preventing falls; researching the causes of falls and providing support.



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The No Falls Foundation:

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PASMA completes charity climb

A number of our staff and our Madam Chairman, Gillian Rutter, recently walked Ben Lomond, one of the most familiar and popular of the Munros, for the No Falls Foundation - a charity dedicated to preventing falls from height and helping people affected by their life-changing consequences.

Here are a selection of photographs from the day.

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