Work at height means work in any place from which a person could fall a distance liable to cause personal injury, if measures required by these Regulations were not taken. Any reference to carrying out work at height includes obtaining access to or egress from such a place while at work (except by a Staircase in a permanent work place)
The responsibility has been placed on every employer, the self-employed and any person who controls the work of others involved in Work at Height, to ensure the Health, Safety and Welfare at work of all his/her employee’s. It is the employer’s duty to ensure:
A person can be injured when falling from any height above floor level but with correct training and regular equipment inspections these incidents can be prevented.
Ladders are classified according to the general conditions and possible frequency of use:
|BS2037 / Class 1 BS1129||Heavy Duty & Industrial|
|EN131 / BSEN131||Trade / Light Industrial|
|BS2037 Class 3||Domestic Use|
Industrial Ladders: For heavy duty where relatively high frequency and onerous conditions of use, carriage and storage occur. BS2037 Class 1 and BS1129 Class 1 ladders are suitable for industrial applications.
Trade / Light Industrial Ladders: For medium duty where relatively low frequency and reasonably good conditions of use, carriage and storage occur. BS EN131 ladders are suitable for light trade applications. In addition, the higher rated BS2037 Class 1 and BS1129 Class 1 ladders can also be used for light trade applications.
Domestic Ladders: For light duty where frequency of use is low and good carriage and storage conditions occur. BS2037 Class 3 and BS1129 Class 3 ladders are suitable for domestic applications. BS2037 Class 3 and BS1129 Class 3 ladders ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR ANY LIGHT TRADES, TRADE OR INDUSTRIAL APPLICATIONS
Ladder and steps are manufactured in aluminium, steel, wood or fibreglass. They all have particular and individual properties that make them suitable for some applications and unsuitable for others.
Aluminium ladders and steps are lightweight and so easy to move around and position. They should not be used where there is a risk of electrical shock as they are very good conductors of electricity.
Fibreglass & Wood
If you working where there is any risk of electric shock you should consider using a ladder or step made from fibreglass or wood. These materials have electrically isolating properties but they must be kept dry and clean to ensure their non-conductive properties are maintained. Wooden ladders must have some moisture content otherwise they will crack. However if the moisture content is too great they will conduct electricity.
Steel Ladders are generally heavy and therefore difficult to move around, However, their weight and durability may be suitable for longer-term temporary access in scaffolding applications.
Make sure the ladder or step you intend to use is long enough (or tall enough) for the job. Never overreach and never stand a ladder or step on boxes, bricks, blocks or similar items to gain extra height!
Remember: Always use the 3 points of contact – Hands and Feet rule.
Ladders and steps come in several different types:
Make sure it’s not one of yours using a badly maintained piece of equipment, or not having the knowledge of how to use the equipment correctly.
You don’t have to have lots of employee’s to have accidents it only takes ONE!