Safety Ladders In The UK – The Lowdown

Safety Ladders In The UK – The Lowdown

26th November 2013

The importance of effective safety ladders was highlighted during a recent news report in which it was revealed that a window cleaner died after falling from a ladder while working.  On 20th November, 2013, The Scotsman reported that the unnamed window cleaner suffered from a serious head injury and died at Edinburgh’s Royal Infirmary.  It’s still not clear from what height the window cleaner fell and the Health and Safety Executive is undertaking an inquiry in the circumstances surrounding the incident.  This sort of news report brings home to everybody in the construction industry just how important safety ladders are in preventing tragic accidents.

All safety ladders need to comply with BS EN 5395:1985 to satisfy current UK Health and Safety legislation.  However, ladders need to be fit for purpose and used correctly.   Current Working at Height Regulations (WAHR) state that it’s the duty of employers to ensure that their staff members have undergone the correct training in order to ensure safety at work.  The UK Ladder and Safety Training Company offers a range of courses, including:

•    Ladder and Step Safety
•    Ladder Safety and Inspection
•    Glassfibre Ladder and Step Safety
•    Tower Inspection and Maintenance
•    Scaffold Tower Assembly
•    Safe Use and Inspection of Safety Harness

The company also provides additional training courses which cover specialised areas and specific access equipment, such as Testing and Usage of Anchorage Points and Risk Assessment (designed to ensure that workers are able to assess potential risks).
It’s more important than ever these days that employers are aware of their legal responsibilities towards staff – this is the only way that tragic accidents will become a thing of the past.  

The type of ladder needed will depend on many factors including:

•    The purpose of the ladder
•    The location of the ladder
•    Whether the location is accessible by the public
•    The angle of access (ranging from 65 - 90˚ in pitch)

Whether ladders are stand alone or integrated into platforms and walkways, the right kind of ladder for the job is essential.  If the ladders are located in public areas, then access needs to be restricted in some way – preferably by anti-climb or self-closing gates.  Preventing children or high-spirited adults from using the ladder is the responsibility of the ladder owner, so restricting access at the base of the ladder is a vitally important consideration to take into account.

Safety Fabrications offers a range of ladder solutions for a wide variety of applications.  With a fully trained design and manufacturing team, the company provides technical equipment that complies with health and safety regulations for all types of applications across the UK.  Whether it’s bespoke access solutions, fall protection posts, handrails, walkways or access ladders, all products are available in a range of colours and finishes.  This means that the safety ladders you need can be integrated into your building design in an unobtrusive way that is pleasing to the eye.  Centrally located, Safety Fabrications possess the vehicles necessary to deliver throughout the UK.  This ensures that customers’ needs can be satisfied, no matter where you’re located and no matter how complicated your requirements are.