14 Apr 2011

Safety alert issued for steel pole ladders

The National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) have recently issued a safety alert after the HSE imposed a prohibition notice on a scaffold contractor (non-NASC member) about the use of a particular type of steel pole ladder following a reported fall from height.

The HSE noted that the steel pole ladder used as ladder access on the scaffold did not have any grip/tread on the rungs and as such was in breach of the provision of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 Regulation 4 (1). You can view the full version of the NASC safety alert at their website or by clicking here.

The image above shows the type of ladder in question, issues include the fact that the ladder does not comply with the relevant standards (ie. EN 131), the treads do not provide any form of anti-slip protection in the form of ribbed or textured profiling, nor do the feet appear to offer any form of anti-slip protection.

In general, ladders account for a third of all reorted fall from height incidents. It is important that employers provide ladders in compliance with the Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER). The Good to Go Safety system provides a list of essential checks to be carries out on the ladder prior to use to help ensure they are safe for use - any signs of damage can be easily logged and the tag updated to inform all employess 'DO NOT USE' until the problem has been resolved. Alternatively, if no issues are identified then the tag will clearly inform workers that the ladders are 'GOOD TO GO' as of that date. 

The use of a ladder tag such as this can go a long way top providing a quick, simple and affordable solution to your workplace safety. The same system can also be used on a wide range of other construction equipment, including scaffolding, forklifts, MEWPs, fall arrest harnesses and scaffold towers to name a few. For more information visit www.goodtogosafety.co.uk - don't assume the ladder is safe, put the necessary checks in place and avoid becoming another statistic. On average falls from ladders account for 14 deaths each year and 1200 major injuries to workers in the UK.

1 comment:

  1. Only choose ladders with the UL seal from Underwriter's Laboratory. Ladders commonly come in three materials: aluminum, wood, or fiberglass. Aluminum is the most durable, but will conduct electricity, making it dangerous for use around electricity. Wood may rot. Fiberglass is the best combination of durability and non-conductivity, but is also the most expensive.


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