The Ladder Exchange

21 October 2014

Did you know that businesses can exchange their old or damaged ladders and receive a new one with up to a 50% discount?  It is called ‘The Ladder Exchange’.

The scheme aims to reduce the number of falls caused by faulty ladders and stepladders by inviting businesses to trade in the old ones in order to receive a discount. It used to be organised by the HSE in 2007 but in 2012 leadership of the scheme was passed to the Ladder Association. The Ladder Exchange 2014 runs for three months ending on 31st December 2014. You can access it via a selection of online and trade-counter retailers listed on their official website – The discount varies according to the supplier but a business can expect a maximum of 50%. Although the headline indicates that this programme aims to remove dodgy ladders from use, according to the Ladder Exchange website, the trade-in partners should “offer discounts in exchange for old ladders in any condition”. It should therefore be perfectly acceptable to exchange for a higher quality ladder or simply one of a more useful specification or size to meet your needs. As the Ladder Exchange is run by a trade association rather than the HSE, there’s an inevitable risk that the deals offered will be less generous than they used to be. You should compare prices to check you’re getting the best deal and make sure that whatever product you purchase meets the standard required for use in the workplace, i.e. Class 1 (industrial use) or EN131 (commercial use).

For more information on Health & Safety in the workplace, please contact our Risk Manager, Martin on 

Category: Risk Management

Martin Coppard

Martin Coppard

I am a Director of Sutton Winson Consultancy Services Ltd, which delivers a range of risk management solutions. I joined Sutton Winson in January 2000 and have derived a great deal of satisfaction from helping our clients achieve significantly preferable insurance terms, and other financial benefits, by embracing proactive risk management. 

I am a Chartered Member of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (CMIOSH), a member of the Business Continuity Institute (BCI), a Chartered Insurance Risk Manager and hold the FCII (Fellowship of the Chartered Insurance Institute). 

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