The HSE has compiled the most common work-at-height myths, which have entered the industry via confusing messages or miscommunication by many organisations that may have their own preferences and site rules.
Myth 4 of 4: HSE has Banned the use of Ladders to Access Scaffolds & you will be Fined if you Ignore this ban
No, this isn’t true. Ladders can be used for access as long as they are of the right type (ie a suitable grade of the industrial ladder), in good condition and effectively secured (tied) to prevent movement. You should ensure they extend at least one metre above the landing point to allow for a secure handhold when stepping off.
Whilst you may frequently see scaffolders using steel ladders, which are primarily selected for durability, they are heavy and more challenging to manoeuvre. Our range of single section lightweight aluminium ladders are substantially easier to lift, carry and position, and as such are ideal for use in accessing steel scaffolding.
Remember that 2.5m & 3.0m single section aluminium ladders do not require a stabiliser or splayed base as they do not exceed 3.0m in length.
Get in touch with the team today to discuss your work at height requirements, and we’ll be happy to help you get your team working safely and sustainably.