Every day workers are taking unqualified risks when working at height. Many will not have undertaken a suitable risk assessment and as such are likely to be using inappropriate equipment. Subsequently they will not only be risking thier own lives, but that of their co-workers and others around them.
The HSE has embarked on the Shattered Lives (Updated 2018: see #LadderSafetyMonth)campaign to raise awareness of the risks and try to reduce the number of accidents and serious injuries resulting from slips, trips and falls from height.
The campiagn highlights five industry sectors with scenario based case studies to highlight the impact of an accident in the workplace:
- Building Maintenance
- Food Retail
- Food Manufacture
How can TB Davies help?
With over 60 years experience we know the access equipment industry. We are also members of The Ladder Association, so we are well-versed on the latest legislative changes and what this means for our customers. T.B. Davies can provide guidance and advice as well as practical solutions and certified training courses.
It is always a good idea to inspect your ladder and footwear each time you use your ladder. Check the stiles, rungs, rivets and welded joints of the ladder are in good order. Also check your footwear – the soles of your boots or shoes must be able to provide good grip on the rungs. To learn more about safe ladder usage and inspection courses click here
If you spot a fault, do not use the ladder
Your access equipment should be inspected & tagged as part of an official audit process. If you spot a fault remove the ladder from use & buy a replacement!. This is not just good health and safety practice, it makes good economic sense. an injury that results in time being taken off from work affects the finances of both the employer and the employee.