Falls from heights are one of the leading causes of serious work-related injuries and deaths. OSHA estimates that on average, approximately 200,000 serious injuries and 345 fatalities occur annually among workers directly affected by falls. To put this figure in perspective, on average 271 die in plane crashes each year in the US.
We believe through intelligent product design many of the injuries resulting from falls from height can be designed out of the product. The most common problems are over-reaching and unstable ground, see below examples of products on the market and in development that can keep you safe when working at height.
With the impact of Brexit, new European standards for ladders and the future of our national stands uncertain we give an in-depth look at the current landscape and try and explain the purpose of each standard and how it is likely to develop.
Ensure you are putting safety first. We have put together a selection of free resources that if followed will help keep you safe. These range from video tutorials to work at height Power Point presentations, legislative guidance from the HSE to inspection checklists.
In the UK, Ladder Training Courses from The Ladder Association are a part of a national training scheme for users, supervisors and managers wanting to equip themselves with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to use ladders legally and safely. Find out how you can easily get trained on a half-day course that equips you with the knowledge needed to stay safe at height and gives you a Ladder Card valid for 5-years.
The feet on your ladder are like the tires on your vehicle. They are made of a soft rubber, so they will grip the ground.
If the side rails are cracked, bent or split, the ladder needs to be replaced. There is no glue or duct tape that will repair broken fiberglass.
If they are bent or broken, they need to be replaced. Also, make sure they are free from any dirt, grease or oil.