Falls from height are still the most common cause of fatal injury at work in the UK. Understanding what we can do to help reduce falls from height is one of the most important things we as a community can do.

The HSE reports that 40 fatal injuries occurred in 2022/23 as a result of falls from height. The main cause of all falls from height injuries is still people falling from ladders.

What are the primary causes of ladder-related injuries?

Among the leading causes of ladder accidents are:

1. Neglecting proper risk assessment. It’s crucial to conduct a thorough Risk Assessment before utilising a ladder. This assessment helps determine if a ladder is the appropriate tool for the task at hand. In instances where prolonged work at height is anticipated, opting for a scaffold tower may offer a safer alternative.

2. Using a faulty ladder. Before ascending a ladder, perform a visual inspection to check for any signs of damage. If any defects are detected, it’s prudent to replace the ladder to safeguard against potential safety hazards.

3. Incorrect ladder setup. A ladder’s safe usage hinges on its correct setup within a stable environment where movement during use is unlikely. Placing a ladder on an unstable surface or in front of a doorway is ill-advised. Additionally, refrain from linking multiple ladders or repurposing a ladder beyond its intended use (e.g., using a standard step ladder as a stairwell ladder).

4. Improper ladder utilisation. Ladders should exclusively be operated by trained individuals well-versed in ladder safety practices. Engaging in risky behaviours such as overreaching, overloading the ladder, or standing on its top rung significantly heightens the risk of falls.

Why ‘Ladder Safety’?

Ladders are one of the most commonly used tools across various industries. However, without proper training and awareness, they can also pose significant risks to workers. Our ‘Ladder Safety’ course is designed to address this gap by providing participants with comprehensive guidance on safe ladder usage, maintenance, and best practices.

Key Course Features:

1. Accreditation: As with all our courses, ‘Ladder Safety’ is fully accredited, providing assurance of quality and credibility. Our accreditation ensures that the course materials meet the highest industry standards and regulatory requirements.

2. Customisable Options: Whether you prefer to purchase individual courses or opt for cost-saving bundles, we offer flexible options to suit your organisation’s needs and budget.

3. Easy Access: Upon enrollment, participants gain access to our user-friendly online platform, where they can complete the course at their own pace. Additionally, clients have the option to set up their own accounts and admin panels for streamlined course management.

Why Invest in ‘Ladder Safety’ Training?

The benefits of investing in ‘Ladder Safety’ training extend far beyond compliance with regulatory requirements. By ensuring that your employees are well-trained in ladder safety practices, you can:

– Reduce the risk of workplace accidents and injuries
– Enhance employee confidence and morale
– Improve productivity by minimising downtime due to injuries or accidents
– Demonstrate your commitment to safety and employee well-being – For those needing further training in safety, courses such as Working at Heights, Working safely or The Construction Bundle course.

At Alpha Compliance Training, our mission is to empower organisations and individuals to achieve the highest levels of safety and competence. With the introduction of our ‘Ladder Safety’ course, we remain steadfast in our commitment to providing first-rate safety training solutions that make a tangible difference in your workplace.
Invest in ‘Ladder Safety’ training today and take proactive steps towards creating a safer, more secure work environment for your team. Contact us to learn more about our courses and how we can support your organisation’s safety objectives.

Stay safe, stay compliant, with Alpha Compliance Training.

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