2013 Idiots on Ladders Winner
For the second year running the Ladder Association’s Idiots on Ladders competition has been inundated with entries from around the world highlighting the worst ways to work at height. This year’s winning picture was viewed by thousands of people and secured nearly four times as many votes as the runner-up.
Sent in halfway through December, just before the end of the competition, the highest voted picture involves two workmen showing some misplaced faith while trying to climb a church roof. One man on the ground holds up one ladder which props up a second one leaning against it at an angle. The other worker is halfway up the second ladder, with only the steep church roof to lean into.
Idiots on Ladders was first held in 2012, and runs alongside the Ladder Association’s Ladder Exchange scheme which lets people and companies around the UK trade in old ladders which might be in bad condition for discounts on new ones. Thousands of ladders have been exchanged since the initiative began in 2007.
Ladder Association Chairman Cameron Clow said: “Idiots on Ladders is about shaming bad practice and showing how important training is. The number of pictures the public sends in, and the things seen happening in them, is always hard to believe.
“Ladders are a practical and indispensable option in the workplace, but like any other piece of work at height equipment they have to be used safely and competently. The Ladder Association’s message has always been that if it’s right to use a ladder, use the right ladder and get trained to use it safely. With falls from height the main cause of death in the UK workplace, the people misusing their equipment in these pictures really are taking their lives in their hands.”
The competition is run on the Association’s Facebook page, where pictures are sent in by members of the public. Each year the one with the most Likes is named the biggest Idiot on a Ladder of the year.
2013’s album of pictures is available on the Ladder Association’s Facebook page, as is the previous year’s. Details on ladder training and related news can also be found on the Association’s website.