When choosing the correct ladders or stepladders for a short duration job, it is essential to consider where you’ll be using it and check the surface on which you’ll use the ladder. If you’re working near sources of electricity, use a GRP or fibreglass ladder that can withstand at least 30,000 volts.
Check for obstructions, such as trees, telephone, or power lines. Additionally, you should check the length of the ladder needed. Using extension ladders that are too long or too short can be equally dangerous, as it encourages the user to overreach or use the ladder at the wrong angle.
Note that the top tread cannot be used as a step when using a step ladder. If you use it as a step, you risk a fall from height. When extending ladders, ensure the stabilising bar is in position, any hinge locks are firmly engaged, and the ladder is undamaged and fit to use before climbing up.
Check your footwear, ensure your feet are protected, and your shoes/boots have plenty of grip. Aluminium ladders are lightweight, making them great for moving around and storing.
Fibreglass ladders are ideal when working around electricity. All types of ladders and steps must be checked regularly for structural integrity and signs of damage before each use.
Ladder Safety Month, an initiative from the American Ladder Institute, takes place in March. We encourage you to download the ladder safety resources, including this PDF on ‘Helping you choose the right ladder‘, to help keep you safe when working at height.
TB Davies offers a range of Ladder Association and PASMA-accredited training courses, with courses taking place every month to help you and your team understand the importance of safety when working at height. Contact our sales team for more details of the next working at height training course or find out the nearest class in your area.