One of the often-overlooked components to working safe at heights is ladder safety. You want to offer workers easy but safe access to rooftops and high work areas. Latest Work at Height regulations in Great Britain include stronger measures for ladder safety. Besides being well constructed, ladders must provide straightforward access to rooftops.
It is also important to choose the correct product for your project. You may need a fixed vertical ladder with a roof hatch or your ladder may need to be equipped with guardrails. You may even require something equipped with a cage. Always make certain that whatever ladders you’re using on your job site comply with the new standards, BS4211:2005.
All ladders should be constructed of corrosion-resistant materials, such as aluminum or steel. Because ladders are generally found outside, they are exposed to a wide variety of environmental influences, such as rain, snow, sleet, and humidity. Over time, this can cause rusting, which weakens the ladder.
Ladder maintenance is imperative. As workers climb up and down them each day, the vibrations from this activity can loosen bolts and screws. Without even realizing it, your ladders can suddenly become a bit rickety. Be sure to inspect the ladders on your job site each week. Check for broken welds or cracks. Make sure any loose bolts are dealt with quickly.
Thousands of injuries occur each year because of faulty ladders. Workers need to feel safe on the job. Workers who feel secure and protected are more productive. They can work each day with confidence.