This online course explores all the necessary information required to conduct ladder inspections. It looks at the legal requirement, common faults, steps to inspection, and what to do if a ladder is found to be unsuitable for use.
Moreover, this course comes with a free e-checklist, which takes users step-by-step through the ladder safety inspection while ensuring it is recorded.
Falls from a ladder can happen at any time. And the results can be disastrous. Accidents involving ladders can result in life-changing injuries for those involved and significant time off of work, as well as extensive costs to an employer.
This course supports meeting legal duties as outlined under the Work at Height Regulations 2005 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998. These include requirements to ensure all work equipment such as ladders is subject to regular inspections and suitable for use.
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To prevent the injuries and accidents caused by the fall from height, employers are made responsible to make sure the work is properly planned, supervised, and carried out by competent employees. They must also ensure the equipment they use is adequate.
The Work at Height Regulations 2005 is the main legislation related to work at height, and it covers the use of ladders and stepladders. This law states that every employer must ensure that equipment that may deteriorate is subject to regular inspections. They must also be inspected anytime something occurs that may affect their safety.
PUWER provides similar guidance as to the Work at Height Regulations. Under this law, any ladders supplied for work must be suitable, fit for purpose, maintained, and inspected to ensure that they remain fit for use.
The course guides what formal ladder inspections are, where they are required, and how to do them.
This online training course is a basic awareness course and requires:
- No prior subject knowledge
- No prior course certification
The users participating in this training course will explore the following sections:
- Legal Requirements
- Ladder Basics
- Pre-inspection of ladders
- Leaning Ladder Inspection
- Step ladder Inspection
- Recording your inspection
- Further Actions
This online course is for anyone tasked with conducting inspections of ladders.
The benefits of Human Focus online training include:
- Video-based with clear audio
- Easy-to-use learning management system (LMS)
- Simple to log and track training data
- Improves trainees’ participation
- Multiple end test resits
Format: 100% online
Course length: 25+ minutes
- Single – module
- Knowledge test
The knowledge test is a pass or fail assessment that requires a score of 80% to pass.
On completion of this ladder inspection course, trainees will receive an IIRSM-approved certificate. Certificates are sent in downloadable PDF format.
A ladder pre-use check is a visual inspection that anyone using a ladder should conduct each time that the ladder is used. Pre-use checks are not recorded, however, anyone that conducts them should receive proper training on how to do so.
The elements included in a pre-use check include ensuring a ladder is suitable for how it will be used, ensuring the location is safe and adequate, and checking over all of the components to ensure they are in acceptable condition. Ladder safety inspection checklists should be applied to ensure these necessary points are covered sufficiently each time.
There is no definite time interval for inspecting ladders. However, as per Health and Safety Executive (HSE) re-use checks should be carried out by users, every time before using the ladder. Formal visual inspection should be conducted based on the level of potential wear on the ladder.
As a general guideline, ladders that are used daily should be inspected every three months. Ladders that are used weekly should be inspected every six months. And ladders that are used less than monthly should be given annual inspections.
Ladders should also be inspected every time something occurs which may affect their safety. For instance, if they are accidentally dropped. All inspections must be recorded, thus the use of a ladder inspection checklist is recommended.
Human error is considered the leading cause of ladder accidents. In most cases, workers are unaware of the steps to follow while working on the ladder. To reduce the risk of ladder accidents, it is mandatory to use the ladder in the same way that the manufacturer has directed.
It is also vital that anyone conducting work on a ladder has received proper training on how to do so.
There is no maximum height range for using the ladder at work, as per HSE. However, when the ladder is raised 9 meters or move above its base, a landing area or rest platform must be provided at a suitable interval.
Always check the manufacturer’s guidance for any equipment that you use. Equipment must be only used in the manner and for the purpose it was intended.