Ladder related accidents
Why are there so many ladder related accidents?
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.
So why are there so many ladder related accidents?… Ladders have been around for almost 10,000 years and are commonplace items to virtually every home and workplace. This, and their simplicity, could generate the false impression that ladder work requires no special knowledge or skills – when in fact the opposite is true. Anyone who uses a ladder should be trained in ladder safety and have knowledge about ‘working at height’ to ensure they’re equipped about the range of risks involved and the precautions necessary to prevent injury.
Can you afford not to use one?
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
Full comprehension of ladder safety and the use of correct safety equipment are essential when working at height. Following the ‘Working at Height Act 2005’ and 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. By securing the ladder safely helps to reduce any ladder movement therefore helping to keep the operator safe.
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.