Ladder Safety at Work
When using ladders in the workplace there is always a risk of falls. Falling from height accounts for a large proportion of injuries and deaths at work, and therefore working at height with access equipment training is required to help to manage and control the risks.
The benefits for the delegate are obvious, as it can help to reduce the chance of an accident. The benefits for the employer are to show their employees have received adequate health and safety training for the use of steps and ladders within the job, as well as reducing possible expenses such as compensation pay outs, prosecution fines and covering the costs of hiring a replacement if the hurt employee is unable to return to work.
- NEBOSH HSE Introduction to Incident Investigation
Working at Height with Access Equipment
There is an excellent course which is available to anyone who is required to use this type of equipment in their work. The working at height with access equipment course focuses on how to safely use the equipment and how to inspect it before work to ensure it is in good condition and not likely to fail during the task.
Ladders and stepladders can be a sensible and practical option for low-risk, short duration tasks, whilst Mobile Elevated Working Platforms – or ‘MEWPs’ – are designed to provide a safe work platform for temporary work at height.
By the end of the working at height with access equipment course you will be able to:
- Detail the consequence of ladder misuse
- Describe the circumstances under which a ladder or stepladder should be used
- Explain how to use ladders and stepladders
- List ladder inspection and maintenance requirements
- List the risk controls required in respect of MEWPs
Health and safety training when using ladders and steps reflects the content found within the working at height regulations. The training can be used to reduce and manage risks involved in using such equipment.