Ladder Stabiliser considerations – can you afford not to use one?
Injuries are caused by inappropriate or incorrect use of the equipment*. According to HSE statistics, falls from ladders account for almost a third of all injuries and cost the UK economy £60 million every year, as well as being the number one cause of workplaces deaths.
Accidents involving ladders are far too common, with leading causes being:
- The ladder slips or falls due to people overreaching
- The ladder is in a poor state
- Ladders are not secured properly
Safe use of ladders – securing a ladder
Full comprehension of ladder safety and the application of the correct ladder safety equipment are essential when working at height. Following the HSE ladder guidelines and securing your ladder is imperative to safeguard the ladder user. Ladders can be secured by either strapping the ladder to a suitable secure point and/or use an effective ladder stability/anti-slip device (footing is the last resort and should be avoided). By securing the ladder safely helps to ensure that the ladder feet cannot move or slip and therefore the ladder and its operator stays safe.
A third of all reported fall-from-height incidents involve ladders and stepladders, on average this accounts for 14 deaths and 1200 major injuries to workers each year. Many of these
Ladder safety equipment – Ladder stabiliser / ladder anti-slip devices
When buying a ladder stabiliser/anti-slip device, think about the worst type of surface and conditions you will come across. For example, whether you will be using that ladder indoors or outdoors, or whether the ground will be wet, muddy or icy. Only buy a ladder and associated stability device that will be suitable for your required surfaces.
The LadderM8rix is a leading ladder stability/ladder anti-slip device as it helps to secure the base of the ladder safely by a means of reducing the risk of the foot of the ladder slipping.
The LadderM8rix ladder safety device range provides a safe, stable platform when working at height on ladders, as it can be placed on a diversity of surfaces including concrete, grass, pebbles, marble, tiles, moss, decking, paving slabs, tarmac, snow and even solid ice! The reason it boasts that it can go on all these surfaces is because of the unique 2000 pin base that engages the surface.
To ensure that the LadderM8rix meets all your ladder surface needs, we offer the option of a Professional, Industrial, Interior and Pro-Plus.
*Source: HSE Safe use of ladders and step ladders.