Don’t become a ladder accident statistic…
Did you know that people using ladders accounts for about 45% of falls from height accidents in the UK? The statistics worldwide are similar (ladder falls aren’t just a UK thing!).
It’s estimated that, in the UK, around 2 million ladders are in use on a daily basis. So it probably doesn’t come as a suprise that ladders account for 45% of falls from height. One of the striking facts about this figure is that this is only the accidents that are investigated by the Health & Safety Executive.
So with DIY accident data not included, the true figure is likely to be much higher.
of falls from height accidents are ladder related
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Top Tips for Ladder Safety
So as you can see, the (poor) use of ladders is a major cause of height related accidents both in the workplace and at home.
Set up for leaning ladders
- Make sure you do a daily pre-use check
- It’s best practice to secure the ladder by tying to a suitable point to prevent movement
- The underlying ground should be firm, hard and level
- The maximum safe ground side slope is 16 degrees (level the rungs with a suitable device)
- The maximum safe ground back slope is 6 degrees (level with a suitable device)
- Make sure you have a strong upper resting point (i.e. not plastic guttering)
- If you’re inside, floors must be clean and not slippery
- You should ensure ladders are fitted with anti-slip feet
Leaning ladders in-use
- Keep work to short durations (maximum 30 minutes)
- The ladder angle should be 75 degrees – 1 in 4 rule (1 unit out for 4 units up)
- Always, always grip the ladder when climbing it
- Do not overreach and keep both feet on the same rung
- Do not work off the top three rungs – this provides a handhold
- Maintain three points of contact with the ladder (minimum of both feet and one hand) – BUY YOUR LADDERLIMB!!!
- Warning signs should be displayed in public areas and protection from traffic is essential – that includes pavements!
- Your tools and equipment should be secured at all times when working on, or going up or down a ladder – BUY YOUR LADDERLIMB!!!
Set up for stepladders
- You should always carry out a d
aily pre-use check (feet included)
- Ensure there is space to fully open the ladders
- Make sure you use any locking mechanisms the ladder has
- Again, the ground should be firm, hard and level
- If inside, all floors should be clean, not slippery
- Ladders are fitted with anti-slip feet
Stepladders in use
- It’s recommended that you use the ladders for short duration work (maximum 30 minutes)
- You must not work off the top two steps for swing – back/double sided stepladders) unless you have a safe handhold on the steps