Ladder Log Tag Holders

Ladder Log Tag Holders

16th June 2016

As we’ve stressed many times in the past, employers and anybody else who contracts others to carry out work at height must ensure that the work is carried out in a safe manner and that the tasks undertaken comply with regulations.  The working at height regulations of 2005 (WAHR 2005) apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall that is liable to result in personal injury.  The WAHR 2005 do not just apply to the construction industry, but to every single industry here in the UK.  If working at height (including working on a step ladder) is required, then the WAHR 2005 apply.

This means that employers and managers must make sure that:

·         Those carrying out work at height are competent to do so and have received the correct training.

·         All work at height is properly planned.

·         The risks from working at height must be fully assessed beforehand.

·         Appropriate work equipment must be provided and used.

·         The risks of working on or near fragile surfaces (such as fragile roofs, roof lights, etc.) should be properly managed.

·         The equipment used when carrying out work at height must be properly inspected and maintained.

Everybody involved in work at height (this includes managers and supervisors as well as users) should have the correct training that will provide them with the knowledge and skills necessary for using ladders in a safe and legal manner.  There are national training scheme courses that cover the inspection of work at height equipment that can be completed in just one day. 

When it comes to ladder inspection, there should be a system in place that is used to ensure that all the requirements of the WAHR 2005 are met.  This means using a ladder inspection checklist in order to complete the inspection correctly.  We’ve already published a ladder inspection checklist that you can use to formulate a checklist that is suitable to your business requirements and then print out to provide a convenient method of inspection.

Once you’ve completed the ladder inspection, you’ll need a method of demonstrating this.  The best way of doing this is to attach a ladder inspection tag to the ladder.  In order to make this process easier, a ladder inspection tag holder is a great idea.  There are plastic tag holders available that can be attached to the ladder so that the inspection tag can be inserted into it.  This is a simple and convenient method of making sure that the inspection tag is available to all ladder users so that they can check that the inspection has been carried out and that the ladder has been deemed safe to use. 

When the time comes for the next inspection, it’s simply a matter of replacing the inspection tag in the holder with a new tag and filing the old tag in case it should be required in the future.  The ladder inspection tag holder will not weaken the ladder in any way and will not require any invasive modification such as drilling or riveting in order to ensure that the tag is secured to the ladder.