Ladder Safety Concerns Us All – Especially These Guys!

April 29, 2017


We continue to be amazed at the way tradesmen and DIYers alike take risks with ladders. I-spy an accident waiting to happen! Create your own triple extender ladder by lashing three singles together??

Besides, if you’re working at that height, is a ladder the right option anyway? Maybe these guys should have hired a cherry-picker.

There’s a campaign on by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive) in the UK to make the regulations clearer and more accessible to businesses. They are also debunking some myths. Did you know, for example:

Ladders should be tied where possible

At least 3 points of contact should be made at all times,  i.e. two feet and a hand

You should not be expected to work up a ladder for more than 30 minutes at a stretch.


And how about this? Convenient, but scary. The answer here, of course, is to build a platform (or would those doors allow access to a cherry picker?). Maybe they doesn’t realise that a fall from only 15 feet is enough to break a bone or cause internal injury.


Whaaaat? Surely this must be faked! Not even a guy at the bottom with his foot on the lowest rung.

And finally…


As for this, words fail us! How many potential hazards can you spot? We managed 6 at least.

The HSE’s website has plenty of useful guidelines that you can refer to and download: things like an overall guide to Working at Height, and the Safe Use of Ladders and Stepladders.


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