Ladders are the largest contributor to accidents while working at height in New Zealand. Many of these accidents may have been avoided if ladders were inspected prior to use and on a regular basis to ensure they were fit for use.
Ladders that are not properly maintained or used correctly can cause injuries or even in some cases death. So what does a good ladder look like?
Ladders within any workplace need to be industrial rated and comply with AS/NZS 1892 standards. The ladder will have a specification sticker on it, stating if it is an industrial rated AS/NZS 1892 standard ladder, and also provide the load rating.
Rating labels on ladders may look similar to the one below
Ladder inspections would ideally be carried out on a pre-use and 6 monthly basis. The
records of the inspection should be kept as evidence. You could carry out a ladder inspection using a ladder inspection report form, mobile / tablet app, or using a ladder inspection tag.
Ensure all staff that use ladders know and are competent with carrying out a ladder safety inspection.
Some key items to check prior to using the ladder are:
• Read the instructions of use