Christmas is one of the busiest times of year for ladder users – both at work and at home. This year you can download your 12 Top Tips for Ladder Safety at Christmas from The Ladder Association website. As part of their “get a grip” campaign, they highlight the top dangers when working off a ladder.
In the next few days and weeks, Christmas decorations will be going up all over the country. Therefore it is essential that your Christmas lights installation is planned and organised using a ladder which has been properly inspected and maintained prior to use.
If ladders are used safely and sensibly, wisely and appropriately, especially in the home where they might only be used once or twice a year, there is no reason why your festive fun should be ruined by a fall from height.
The pack covers issues such as positioning, stability, maintaining a firm handhold, and the dangers of overloading and overreaching. Similar advice is given for stepladders, plus guidance on the need for a pre-use check to quickly establish whether the stepladder is safe for immediate use.
See below some of the check we recommend you carry out:
Maintenance checks before use:
- Check that the stiles (uprights) are not bent, bowed, twisted, dented, cracked, corroded or rotten
- Check that the stiles around the fixing points for other components are in good condition
- Check that fixings (usually rivets, screws or bolts) are not missing, loose, or corroded
- Check that rungs are not missing, loose, excessively worn, corroded or damaged
- Check that the rung hooks are not missing, damaged, loose or corroded and engage properly on the rungs
- Check that guide brackets are not missing, damaged, loose or corroded and engage properly on the mating
- Check that rubber feet / end caps are not missing, loose, excessively worn, corroded or damaged
- Check that the entire ladder is free from contaminants (e.g. dirt, mud, paint, oil or grease)
- Check that locking catches (if fitted) are not damaged or corroded and function correctly
If any of the above checks cannot be fully satisfied you should NOT use the ladder.
You can download the 12 Days of Ladder Safety pack directly from the Ladder Associations website here: https://ladderassociation.org.uk/get-a-grip/
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