Many people worry about using a ladder. This can be for a number of reasons, for example, height can be a barrier or just the worry that not having two feet firmly on the ground will cause them to less balanced. The truth is using a quality ladder which is being used safely and for the right purpose, is the perfect tool for working at height.
In fact, accidents on ladders often occur because risks were taken in the first place – over reaching or placing the ladder in an inappropriate position are the most common causes of accident.
Take care when assembling your ladder
Never rush setting your ladders up. Make sure the locking mechanisms are engaged. Rushing to assemble your ladder could mean that the ladder collapses whilst in use. Rushing from a leafy area into a dry space could mean the ladder slips due to leaves still attached to the ladder feet. A simple check over before ascending your ladder could avoid this terrifying scenario.
When to carry out checks on your ladder
A good quality ladder will last you for many years to come, however it is still vitally important that you, as the user of the ladder carry out a pre-use check on your ladder:
- at the start of every working day.
- if something changes such as moving the ladder from a dirty area to a clean area, or if the ladder is dropped etc.
Never take someone elses word that the ladder is safe, always be certain yourself that your ladder is safe before using it.
Never assume that the ladder is safe. Damage can occur during storage or transit that you may be unaware of.
Never consider using a ladder when you feel it may be unsafe. If the ladder is your own, then the outlet from which you replaced it should be able to assist with the replacement of parts which have failed. Here at BPS Access Solutions, we offer a free lifetime guarantee on all of our ladders.
If you do not have a guarantee on your ladder, then the safest option is to replace it.
Never use a ladder which you feel is unsafe.
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