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Using ladders safely

The price of health and safety compliance is eternal vigilance

Author: Sharon Ensbury/23 October 2015/Categories: HEALTH & SAFETY, Safety when working at height

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Action Handling believe that safety should be the fundamental objective in any workplace environment. Almost a decade ago, regulations for personnel ‘working-at-height’ came back into play, the aim being to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by the improper use of steps, ladders and other devices whilst loading/unloading goods onto shelving and racking systems. However, although these regulations have been in force for a number of years, there are still many people who choose to ignore them when working with stepladders .



Cutting corners may save a few minutes, but there should be no compromise when it comes to safety. Be aware of your workplace Health and Safety Policy before working at height, and make sure you follow it. Some general recommendations when working at height are as follows:

  1. Ensure that the ladder is tall enough for the pending job before use.
  2. Wear sensible flat shoes.
  3. Check the steps are in good condition before use.
  4. Only use the stepladder in its fully extended position.
  5. Only use steps when all four feet can be placed on a firm, level base.
  6. Do not over-reach; reposition the steps for easier access.
  7. Beware of electrical sockets/wires nearby.
  8. Do not overload yourself with tools or materials.
  9. Always retain three points of contact with the ladder i.e. two feet, one hand.
  10. Avoid side-on working, as this will destabilise both you and the ladder.

Remember, check with your employer for more information – safety should always be the first priority. And, if your stepladders need replacing, visit our website or check out our catalogue.

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