There are plenty of tasks that require you to work at height, whether you’re cleaning your gutters at home or carrying out maintenance at work. But before you grab your ladders, think. Working at height is risky and falls are a common cause of injury and even fatality. However, you can reduce your risk of an accident by carrying out some essential ladder checks before you begin. Here are the ladder checks you should be doing every time you work at height.
You shouldn’t use a ladder if there are any signs of defects-don’t try and patch your ladders up temporarily. In particular, the rungs and steps are subject to a lot of wear and tear, so inspect them as part of your ladder checks.
The feet should be an essential part of your pre-climb ladder checks because they prevent slipping.
Check that the feet are:
As part of your routine, you should also remember to check that the locking mechanism is secure. You don’t want your ladder collapsing under you when you are working at height.
Certain types of ladders are prone to defects, so be aware of the things that could affect your ladders. For example:
After your check that your ladders are safe to use. You now need to check the environment around you. Are there any hazards like obstructions, uneven ground, or overhead cables which will make ladder use unsafe?
Last but not least on your list of ladder checks should be that you’ve set it up correctly. Always set up upon a firm, level surface and check that it’s set at the correct angle. Remember the 4:1 rule-for every 4ft of height, angle your ladder 1ft away.
We hope our guide to essential ladder checks will help you stay safe when working at height, why not check out our ultimate guide to ladder safety or even checking out the top working at height mistakes you need to avoid.