Ladder Safety

Ladders and stepladders are not banned under health and safety law. In fact, they can be a sensible and practical option for low-risk, short duration tasks.

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  • Man standing on top of a stepladder with a hammer.

• Ladders and stepladders are the last resort, can you buy or hire some alternative equipment that would provide safer means of access?

• Is the work of short duration and low risk?

• Are they in good condition?

• Do ladders rest against a solid surface and not on fragile or insecure materials?

• Are ladders secured at the top and bottom to prevent then slipping sideways or outwards?

• Do ladders rise at least a metre above their landing place? If not, are there handholds available?

• Are the ladders positioned so that users don’t have to overstretch?

• Do you have to use the top three rungs of a stepladder? If so your stepladder is to short.

• Is the user competent? Those using ladders should be trained to use the equipment safely.

• Are your ladders and stepladders regularly checked?

Contact us for further help and advice on 01722 326 390.