The Work at Height Regulations 2005 do not ban ladders. They do say that ladders should only be considered where a risk assessment has shown that other work equipment isn’t appropriate because of low risk, short duration of the task or where the work is located.
Working at height covers a range of scenarios, from loading shelves to carrying out property maintenance. It is just one of the very important safety issues that are being dealt with on a daily basis by almost every company. TB Davies can give free of charge guidance to employers as they help employees who may be working at height.
We give assistance in an informative and user-friendly way so you can keep your employees safe. We can advise on how to make you compliant to work safely at height risk. This would cover what task the employee is carrying out and for how long, how the task should be done and whether any materials are to be taken up or brought down. It should also look at what can be done to reduce the risk of the person or materials falling, and will give the safest option for the task to be carried out safely.
Once you have conducted a risk assessment with our guidance we also run formal Ladder Association training programmes for you and your employees so that everyone is given the correct knowledge, which in turn will enable them to work to the safest method possible, thus preventing injuries now and in the future.