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Poorly maintained or misused ladders

The man balancing dangerously on the makeshift trestle is the focus, but this motley crew are all putting themselves in danger.

The man balancing dangerously on the makeshift trestle is the focus, but this motley crew are all putting themselves in danger.

Almost a fifth of reportable falls from height in the workplace are from ladders. Whether poorly maintained, incorrectly used or simply not fit for purpose, it’s an issue HSE inspectors come across frequently. If a ladder is the right tool for the job, employers need to ensure it is in a safe condition to use. A ladder is not right for every job. After assessing the risk, it may be that other equipment is more suitable. Ladders are best suited to low risk and short duration work - nobody expects scaffolding for domestic window cleaning.

Updated: 2014-01-30