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Idiots & Ladders: risking life and limb to climb ladders

The winners of the Ladder Association’s ‘biggest idiot on a ladder’ contest have been announced, with the competition receiving its most-ever entries since its initiation in 2012.

The winning image, which received 60 per cent more votes than its closest rivals, displays a barely believable attitude towards the law of physics as two men stand in the bucket of an excavator, hoisted 20 ft up in the air, balancing a ladder precariously on a chimney while one of the men foots the ladder and the other climbs it.

Ladder Association communications and social media officer Michael Fern said: “This year the public sent in more pictures of people working dangerously at height than ever before.

“Along with the winner, one of the runners up also showed a ladder being used from inside an excavator, hinting at how worryingly common even ideas as ridiculous as these can be,” he added.

Despite the contest displaying incompetence within the construction sector, the Association’s ultimate goal is advancing safety and good practice in the industry, on ladders, and overseeing national training as well.

“’Idiots on Ladders’ is a great reminder of the importance of training. Its message is clear: if you are using a ladder, you must make sure that you are competent, otherwise you really are taking your life in your hands,” Mr Fern said.

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