Keeping track of all your working-at-height equipment is essential to ensure it is safe to use and helps prevent falls from height and personal injury. One of the best ways to do this is through a regular inspection process.
Regular recorded inspections should include:
- General check of the condition of the equipment
- Checking for any visible damage, including impact dents, splits, warping, or twisting loose rungs or treads
- Missing, loose or damaged components
If any issues are found or suspected, the equipment should be isolated, tagged and reported immediately to prevent any potential injuries. Using a simple logbook, for example, the Good To Go system will allow you to evidence each inspection carried out on the equipment. This record system can help you stay up to date on the status of your equipment.
The safety check needs to be conducted by a competent person who knows what to look at, what to look for, and what to do in the event of a problem. In addition to the formal inspections required by law, completing a visual (unrecorded) check is essential before each use.
A further priority for workplace safety is training your employees to work safely at height. All users should be trained for work at height, and carrying out an accredited Ladder Association training course is an industry-standard method of demonstrating competence.
The course has been put together with the Health and Safety Executive and will allow your staff to learn, understand and follow the latest best practices for safe work at height, including the working at height regulations 2005.
By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that all your working-at-height equipment always remains safe and secure. Your employees can rest assured knowing they are working with well-maintained ladders and steps for their work. TB Davies offers a range of Ladder Association and PASMA-accredited courses, which take place every month. Contact our sales team for more details today.