We all know that falls from height are the largest portion of accidents and deaths in the workplace. But did you know that approximately 30% of these accidents can be attributed to steps and ladders? And that the majority of these are 100% avoidable as they are down to either misuse or the wrong equipment being provided?
The use of ladders is permitted in many cases, following certain stipulations governed by the Working at Height Regulations.
This should be done through a risk assessment, and then the selection of the correct ladder needs to be made depending on the situation the worker is in. As there are thousands of ladders out there this can be tricky.
Whether the ladder is provided directly from employer to employee or is supplied by a self-employed contractor or any other variant on where the worker comes from, these rules apply.