Do you use ladder’s in your workplace? Do you know that there is legislation regarding the safe use of ladders in your workplace?
The legislation even encompasses the smallest of step ladders.
Types of ladders covered include single and extension ladders as well as trestle ladders.
If you intend to do any work including construction work that involves a single or extension ladder, prior to work commencing, you must:
o Ensure that each hazard that may result in a fall is identified;
o Ensure that each risk of injury is assessed;
o Ensure that control measures required to prevent or minimise the level of exposure are implemented.
So, how can you keep yourself protected and your employees safe?
Here are the top five things you may need to do:
1. The ladder must be secured against movement at or near the top or bottom – preferably both;
2. The ladder must be on a firm stable surface;
3. The ladder must be erected at an angle between 70 and 80 degrees;
4. The ladder must be extended one metre above the surface being accessed; and
5. You must always use both hands on the rails when climbing
You will need an industrial grade ladder for construction work.
Other rules that apply are:
• You must maintain the ladder.
• A visual check prior to use must be carried out and if the ladder is found to be unsuitable or damaged in any way that could affect performance, it must not be used.
It is important to use ladders strictly within the limits of the manufacturer’s specifications and instructions. This is especially relevant when it says “Do not step on this rung or beyond” as it does effect the integrity and stability of the ladder.
If you need any assistance in determining your responsibilities and obligations, call us. We don’t bite and we don’t charge for simple phone advice!