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4 keys to ladder safety at work

On Behalf of | Sep 15, 2023 | Workers' Compensation

Ascending a ladder is one of the most dangerous things that the average worker might be asked to do in the course of their duties. Many people get injured and some die when they fall. 

Considering these questions before you set foot on one can reduce the chance of accidents:

Do I really need to use a ladder at all?

Often there is a safer way to do the thing needed. For instance via scaffolding or a mobile elevated work platform for higher jobs. Or, for something low down, to find someone taller who can reach by standing on a solid object such as a table.  While ladders can be quicker and cheaper than the alternatives they are often more dangerous.

Have I been trained to use it?

Each ladder has its intricacies and employers should ensure workers know how to use the particular one as well as train them in how to safely use ladders in general. 

Is the ladder safe?

Hopefully, the ladder was safe when bought, but that may have been a long time ago. Ladders can become unsafe over time or due to an accident or general wear and tear. For example, rungs can break, treads can wear smooth and locks may fail to engage.

Is there a safe place to site it?

You need ground that is level and stable, and you need to ensure there are no hazards around you. For example, power cables overhead, vehicles or people passing by the foot of the ladder that could knock it or ice on the ground.

Even if you carry out all these checks an accident might still occur. In that case, you would need to learn more about your options for workers’ compensation.