Ladders and stepladders are not banned under health and safety law.
The law calls for a sensible, proportionate approach to managing risk, and ladders can be a sensible and practical option for low-risk, short-duration tasks, although they should not automatically be your first choice.
To use a ladder, you must be competent or, if you are being trained, you should be working under the supervision of a competent person.
You should always carry out a ‘pre-use’ check to spot any obvious visual defects to make sure the ladder is safe to use.
A pre-use check should be carried out:
by the person using the ladder
at the beginning of the working day
after something has changed, eg a ladder has been dropped or moved from a dirty area to a clean area (check the state or condition of the feet)
The check should include:
any locking mechanism
the stepladder platform
the steps or treads on stepladders
Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Common causes are falls from ladders and through fragile roofs.
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