A NEW ladder stabiliser, designed to help prevent one of Australia's most common types of serious industrial and domestic accidents, is being introduced nationally by Safety Tape and Mesh branches in every State.
The Australian-designed Laddermate - designed to prevent falls where ladders slip because of users over-reaching - features a support bar that increases the effective width of any ladder to more than 800mm at roof level.
Extra safety is provided by large rubber stop grips at both ends of the support bar to eliminate slippage on roofing, guttering, fascia or overhangs on buildings and structures undergoing construction or maintenance.
Laddermate's large stand-off brackets also work to effectively prevent damage to gutters, roofing iron and tiles, cladding and fascias. This feature also provides a strong and secure position for exit and entry onto the roof, which is also a major risk activity.
Uses can range from construction and maintenance work on factories, warehouses, workshops, commercial storage sheds and silos and commercial buildings, through to roof repair, renovations or clearing of gutters on houses, sheds and garages to remove bushfire risks this summer.
Ruggedly designed for home and workplace use - and particularly suitable for use by building, construction, electrical, farm and other tradesmen frequently working at heights -the Laddermate is constructed from quality lightweight cast and extruded aluminium sections with a total weight of only 2.6kg.
Safety Tape and Mesh product manager Brad Bennett says the simple and user-friendly design is easy and quick to install and use and equally easy to carry about in a ute or van. Laddermate is fully backed by a comprehensive 12 months manufacturer's warranty.
"National Occupational Health and Safety Commission (NOHSC) show Australian industry now has well over 20,000 new workers compensation cases a year where falls, slips and trips result in death, permanent disability or a temporary disability resulting in an absence from work of more than a week. Falls from ladders figure prominently in such statistics because such falls frequently result in serious inquiries.
"Experience and studies show that any work conducted at height involves high risk, and any fall can result in major injury resulting in lost time - a cost no business or tradesman can afford."
In addition to providing improved safety and confidence when working from a ladder, Laddermate helps employers and tradesmen to fulfill their duty of care to employees and themselves, says Mr Bennett.
"One of its big pluses is that it is so simple and straightforward to use - the benefits and ease of use are so self-evident that it encourages safety by simplicity and clever design."