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Ladder Association finds its biggest idiot

12 Dec 12 After three months of picture submissions and voting, the Ladder Association’s 'Idiots on Ladders' campaign has found its winner.

The Ladder Association'sFacebook page has been taking submissions since September of examples of ladders being used dangerously.

The clear winner, with more than 30% of the vote, was this picture below, showing an idiot reaching up to the top of a chimney with a gaping fall directly below him. Not only could the fall have killed him, but one commenter pointed out that his ladder still did not reach high enough to keep him from stretching upwards.

To top the situation off, he also had a bucket wedged between the ladder and the wall it was resting against. The Ladder Association is now looking into the background of the picture in an attempt to identify the man and offer him the training he obviously needs, assuming he has survived to benefit from it.

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Ladder Association chairman Cameron Clow said: “This competition was all about raising awareness and as such it was run alongside the Ladder Exchange, which offers people and businesses the chance to trade in unsafe ladders for new, compliant ones. We wanted to show together two of the biggest dangers in the workplace – people using their ladders in an unsafe way, and people using equipment that is unfit for purpose.

“Ladders are arguably the most common type of equipment used for work at height – it is estimated that three million are in use in the UK alone. Reported ladder accidents have fallen by over 30% over the last 10 years, but more clearly needs to be done. We are pleased at the response the competition received, with people making sure to pull out their cameras whenever they saw dangerous ladder use, but it is also a worrying sign of how common this kind of unsafe activity is.”

With the competition now over, the completed Idiots on Ladders album can be found on the Ladder Association Facebook page

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