Ladder Safety – What Everyone Needs to Know

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Ladder Safety Training

This ladder safety training course provides vital information that anyone working with ladders needs to be aware of. It looks at various ladder types, assessing ladder use, pre-use checks, how to safely work from them, and other key safety information. This course comes with a free e-checklist, which takes users step-by-step through the ladder safety while ensuring it is recorded.

The inappropriate use of ladders is a common reason for severe to fatal accidents in the workplace. More than 25% of all workplace deaths involved falls from height, according to the current data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and a noteworthy number of these accidents involve incorrect use of ladders.

This course will help employers ensure they are meeting their legal duties to protect from the hazards of working at height and ensure measures are in place to enable everyone to work safely to an adequate level.

Work at Height Courses Offered by Human Focus

Human Focus currently offers the following online training courses under the work at height toolkit:

Contact us to discuss the purchase of this course without the e-checklist.

Why this Ladder Safety Course is Vital

Nearly workers in the UK sustain non-fatal serious injuries as a result of falls from height, and this involves incorrect use of ladders. One of the most common causes of these accidents involving work at height is human error. By being aware of the hazards and using the correct controls, employees can learn to minimise the risk involved.

Employers also have a legal duty to ensure workplace ladder safety. The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work 1999 regulations require that employers identify the risks in the workplace and control for those risks, including the risk of work at height. Under these regulations, they must also provide adequate training.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 require that employers ensure all work equipment is suitable, including ladders. They must also be only used when and where appropriate.

The Work at Height Regulations 2005 gives specific guidelines for ladders, stating how they must be set up, placed, and stored for safe use.

Objectives & Outcomes of Ladder Safety Online Course

Upon taking this health and safety ladders training, participants will gain an understanding of:

  • The importance of ladder safety
  • Roles, duties, and responsibilities of both employers and employees
  • How to assess ladder use
  • Ground placement, climbing up and down and working on ladders
  • Handling, transporting, and storing the ladders for safe use

Prerequisites

This ladder safety training course requires no previous subject knowledge or course certification. All that is required are a good internet connection and any suitable electronic device.

Course Content

Ladder Safety - What Everyone Needs to Know

This online course explores the following sections:

  • Why We Need Ladder Safety
  • Duties and Responsibilities
  • Ladder Basics
  • Assessing the Task
  • Pre-use Checks
  • Ground Placement
  • Setting Up
  • Securing
  • Climbing Up & Down
  • Working on Ladders
  • Handling & Transport
  • Storage

Who this Online Ladder Safety Training Course is for

This ladder safety online course is ideal for anyone that uses a ladder in the workplace or oversees those that do.

Why Choose Human Focus for Ladder Safety Course

Choosing Human Focus provides the following benefits to the trainees of the course:

  • IIRSM-approved
  • Concise but effective course content
  • High-quality video with clear voiceover
  • Engaging course content
  • 3D animations to give a clear demonstration
  • Compliant with health and safety guidelines
  • Interactive quizzes in the end to support retention

Course Format

  • Format: Online
  • Duration: Approximately 43+ minutes in length
  • Knowledge test at the end

Certification

Upon completion of the training course, an IIRSM-approved certificate will be provided to you immediately.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How long is ladder training valid for?

Ladder safety training does not have a standard expiry date. However, it is recommended to renew ladder training every 3 years. This will ensure you are maintaining compliance and following industry best practices.

Does UK health and safety law ban ladders?

No, ladders are not banned under UK law. However, health and safety occupational law necessitates that ladders are only used when they are suitable for the task. This means that employers must demonstrate via risk assessment that ladders suit factors such as the type of work and the duration. Ladders should not be used for longer than 30 minutes.

Individuals carrying out work at height tasks must also be suitably competent to protect themselves and others while using the ladder. Employers in this regard must offer a passable level of training and guidance to those carrying out such work.

What should be the maximum height to work from the ladder?

There is no determined height for using or working on a ladder. However, where a ladder rises nine meters or more above the ground, landing areas must be provided at adequate intervals. If appropriate steps are not followed there are more chances of falling and can result in severe or fatal injuries. The best way to prevent such accidents is to have suitable information or training in place to follow safe working practices.

What are the safety rules of using a ladder?

Ladders present a variety of risks. To ensure that they are used safely, when using ladders, keep in mind:

  • Do not use damaged equipment – faulty ladders must never be used
  • Ensure your ladder is suitable for the task – for instance, is it the correct height for your work?
  • Only put up ladders on a stable, suitable ground surface
  • Follow the 4:1 principal for stability – the distance from the base of the ladder to the wall should be 1 increment out to 4 increments up to the top of the ladder
  • Ensure the ladder is safely set up at the top – leaning ladders should lean against a solid surface
  • Avoid hazards at the bottom of the ladder – for instance, is the ladder at risk of being bumped by someone or something?
  • Avoid hazards at the top of the ladder – for instance, never work near live overhead power lines unless there is no alternative and the risks have been controlled
  • Maintain three points of contact while on the ladder
  • Always work with your bellybutton within the stiles of the ladder
  • Always carry tools in a toolbelt
  • Never exceed the weight capacity of a ladder

There are numerous hazards and controls to be aware of when working on ladders. An essential control is ensuring that you have received adequate and proper training before beginning work.

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