Ladders can be used for many different applications. People use ladders to get on top of roofs, decorate, cleaning out gutters and many other commercial and domestic tasks.
Working with a ladder on a slope can be a very dangerous task. We’ll talk you through how to use a ladder on a slope in six steps to avoid any unnecessary accidents.
Here are six steps to help you use ladders on a slope safely.
- Inspect the ladder to establish that it’s in good condition such as no loose rungs, no movement in the stiles & the feet are in good condition.
- Examine the area where the ladder will be positioned – the area must be a clean, solid surface.
- Ladders should not be used on a suitable surface where the side slope is greater than 16° or the back slope is greater than 6°, unless the manufacturer states otherwise (see image below).
- Extend the ladder and lean it up against the building/wall. Set up the ladder at the correct angle which should be 1 metre out for every 4 metres up or 75°. The rungs should always look horizontal and an appropriate levelling device should be used such as a Big Grip Ladder Stabiliser or the LSD Ladder Leveller.
- Climb up the ladder until you reach the top and tie both stiles to a suitable point using a rope.
- Where possible, secure the middle of the ladder by tying a lashing kit around the stiles and fixing with an eyebolt.
We recommend that a thorough risk assessment is carried out prior to working at height.
Where this is not practical, use a safe, unsecured ladder or a ladder supplemented with an effective ladder stability device recommended by suppliers/manufacturers that is stable enough to be used unsecured in a worst-case scenario.
By considering these six steps before using your ladders on a slope, you will be much safer and less likely to be the victim of a work at height accident.