Ladder Safety

Falls from height still remain the most common cause of workplace fatalities in the UK. Whilst it is true that many of these very serious incidents occur in construction related industries… most employers have ladders and/or step-ladders in their premises which are routinely used by staff.  A relatively small fall can result in significant injury and so don’t overlook the risk.


The Basics…


  1. First off, number your ladders and list them on a simple “ladder register” so that your know how many you have on site and which ladder is which.
  2. Ladders must be suitable for their intended task and so ensure that you have ladders which are up to the job. “Domestic” ladders (rated at 95Kg) are not adequate for the workplace and employers must provide ladders rated to at least 125Kg.
  3. Ladders must be kept in a good state of repair. Damaged or suspect ladders should be removed from use until they can be inspected by a competent person. If in doubt the ladder should be replaced!
  4. Users should do a quick check of a ladder before climbing on it and report any concerns to management.
  5. A nominated person should undertake regular (i.e. quarterly) inspections of all ladders to make sure they are safe. These inspection should be formally logged.
  6. Ladders should be used for access and short duration work only – not as substitutes for scaffolding or work platforms.
  7. Staff will need some basic training / instruction in the safe use of ladders so they don’t place themselves or others in danger. This does not need to be a long winded training course – a simple 5 minute safety briefing will suffice for most occasional users.
  8. For workers who regularly work at height, accredited work at height training should be provided.


If you have any questions or queries regarding ladder safety then please contact TCG for further information.