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Types of equipment

Any equipment that is specifically designed to allow the user to work safely at height (eg ladders, scaffolds, tower scaffolds ) is commonly called ‘access equipment’.

If you are unsure which type of access equipment to use for a job, the Work at height Access equipment Information Toolkit (or WAIT) is a free online resource that offers possible solutions. It provides details of some of the most common types of access equipment.

How will WAIT help me?

WAIT has been developed to help you understand the key issues when working at height and the factors to consider when selecting the most appropriate and safest type of access equipment.

Does WAIT cover all work at height tasks?

No! It does not take into account specialised types of work at height and access equipment (eg scaffolding).

Updated: 2014-01-29