Ladder Safety Month – Week One

Ladder Safety Month – Week One

06th March 2018

Last week we alerted our readers to the fact that March is National Ladder Safety Month, both here in the UK and across the Pond in the USA.  Ladder Safety Month will be staging a series of initiatives to demonstrate that ladders, podiums and other access related products can be the safest method of working at height.  As long as the risk is assessed correctly and the most appropriate product for the task at hand is chosen and used correctly, then using a ladder should not present any problems. 



February 25 – March 3

What is ladder safety?

March 4 – 10

Ladder Safety at Work: Focus on Administrative Professionals

March 11 – 17

Ladders Safety at Work – Focus on Employees

March 18 – 24

Ladder Safety at Home

March 25 – 31

Ladder Inspection and Disposal


As we said last week, each week during the month of March we’re going to publish a more detailed article focusing on the specific safety topic of the week and this week, we’re going to cover the first two topics.


Basically, it’s following the vital ladder safety steps that will help to safeguard against any ladder accidents or personal injury whilst working at height.

  • Risk Assessment – a ladder safety risk assessment should always be carried out to determine whether or not a ladder is the most suitable access equipment for the job.  If the task requires working on a leaning ladder for more than 30 minutes at a time, alternative equipment should be chosen. 
  • Competent/trained User – following the risk assessment, if the ladder is the most appropriate access equipment, the ladder operator must be competent, they should have the knowledge on how to use the equipment safely.
  • Choosing the Correct Ladder – using a ladder for purposes for which it has not been specifically designed is a common cause of falls.  Make sure that the ladder you choose is the correct one for the task at hand.
  • Inspecting the Ladder – for any damage and defects.
  • Setting up the Ladder – check that the ladder is at the right angle (75° or the 1 in 4 rule).  Then make sure that there are no overhead electrical wires, that the area around the base of the ladder is clear of debris, tools and other objects.  If the ladder is being used in a high traffic area, set up suitable barricades.
  • Securing the Ladder – use an effective stabilising device and make sure that a leaning ladder is secured at the top with straps.
  • Use the Ladder Safely – with our tips on safe use of ladders.


The Health and Safety Officer’s main aim is to prevent accidents, injuries and work-related illnesses in the workplace.  Their role is to create and implement the policies in accordance with current legislation.  When it comes to construction sites, the safety officer is in charge of inspecting the site conditions to determine if hazards are present and to then establish policies and procedures to minimise the risks.  The Safety Officer will need to deal with issues such as broken equipment, defective tools, ladder inspection logs, etc. in order to focus on worker safety.