Don’t Let your Ladder Training Slip

Don’t Let your Ladder Training Slip

14th May 2019

Here in the UK, there is a legal obligation for anybody using a ladder in the workplace to undertake a ladder training course.  This is just as applicable to those who only use a ladder on an occasional basis as it is for those who regularly work at height using a wide range of access solutions to reach their work areas.  A ladder safety course will equip you with the knowledge and understanding necessary to use a ladder safely, choosing the right type of ladder for the task at hand and ensuring that it is in good working condition by performing a visual inspection of the ladder before use.

However, if you completed your ladder safety training a while ago, it’s easy to slip back into bad habits as we become complacent over time, especially those of us who use a ladder for work purposes on a regular basis.  This includes window cleaners, painters and decorators, builders and others.  This is where a refresher course can come to the rescue, reinforcing the knowledge and information that you may have pushed to the back of your mind as you take care of your work on a daily basis. 

Anybody who has worked at the same job or in the same industry for some time will become familiar with their day to day work procedures and may become complacent about health and safety.  However, construction trades in particular are subjected to a range of risk, such as falls from height, which may result in serious, life-changing injuries and even death in the worst-case scenarios. 

Accidents and injuries are not the only risks involved when health and safety training lapses.  Any investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) may lead to work being stopped whilst the investigation is underway and eventually result in heavy fines if it’s discovered that you have not complied with the stringent health and safety legislation governing work at height here in the UK.  You may also be subject to paying a hefty fee to cover the intervention of the HSE.

A refresher course will enable you to consider your work processes, and stay fully up to date with current legislation and best practice.  A refresher course should only take up one day or your time, so it won’t interrupt your ability to work and earn a living.  You’ll be brought fully up to speed with current legislation and any developments and changes that have occurred since your initial ladder training, ensuring compliance with legislation in your future work. 

You’ll also have the added advantage that safety when using ladders will again by at the forefront of your mind and you could save yourself from a nasty accident, or even save your life.