26 April 2023
There are many different ladders available with an extensive range of uses.
Before using a ladder, it is very important to consider which ladder is most suitable for the task to be undertaken.
A ladder should only be considered if there is no other practical alternative, such as an elevated work platform or scaffolding.
A fall from a ladder (even from a low height) can have devastating consequences, including serious injury and death.
Always ensure that the ladder is appropriate to the task, location and duration of the task. For example, a fibreglass ladder is often the best choice for electrical work as it provides protection from electrical conductivity.
Always undertake a Hazard Identification Risk Assessment to identify the specific needs.
Before setting up the ladder, inspect it for visible damage or faults. Faulty or damaged ladders should be removed from the working environment for repair or disposal.
Important areas to check are:
Always position a ladder on a stable and flat surface, which does not pose a hazard to others.
Secure the top and bottom of the ladder to prevent slipping or movement.
Ensure the ladder extends at least 1 metre above the landing.
Ensure the ladder is at an angle or pitch of 1:4 – this means a ratio of 1 meter out for every 4 meters in height.
Step, A-Frame and trestle ladders must only be used in a fully open position, and the spreader bars must be locked in place.
Additional precautions may need to be taken when a ladder is being used in the following situations:
In these circumstances, it is best practice to set up a working exclusion zone and provide a spotter at the base of the ladder.
To help prevent serious injury or property damage, you should always:
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