It's the second day of Health & Safety Week and as promised yesterday, today we will be talking about ladder user competency.
If you missed us yesterday, we gave you 5 ladder safety tips to ensure you are working safely at height.
Working at Height Safely
Falls from height are the biggest cause of workplace fatalities and major injuries. Working at height can be dangerous if you are not aware of the potential hazards that may arise or comply to the working at height regulations of 2005.
As part of the working at height regulations of 2005 you must ensure that:
- All work at height is properly planned and organized
- Those involved in work at height are competent
- The risks from work at height are assessed, and appropriate work equipment is selected and used
- The risks of working on or near fragile surfaces are properly managed
- The equipment used for work at height is properly inspected and maintained
It is the responsibility of the employer and those in control that the work has been properly planned, supervised and carried out by competent people. It is vital that when working at height you know how to use the equipment correctly and most importantly, the person working at height it competent. If you're thinking "how do I decide if someone is competent to work at height?" we have the answer.
The HSE Website states that "You should make sure that people with the sufficient skills, knowledge and experience are employed to perform the task, or, if they are being trained, that they work under supervision of somebody competent to do it". If the task in hand is a short duration, low risk task competence requirements could just be that employees are given instructions and appropriate training. If you are looking for Ladder training look no further. We can help.
Here at Ladderstore we offer Ladder Users & Inspection courses for any personnel who are involved in the use and inspection of Ladders, Step Ladders and Podium Steps. This courses last for a full day and have been written with guidance from the UK's leading experts on ladder manufacture, maintenance and safety. Upon successful completion of the courses each delegate receives a certificate and a Ladder Association photo card as proof of competence.
The Ladder Users & Inspection courses enable delegates to choose the right equipment to use for the job, inspect their equipment, and understand relevant legislation.
We have a course coming up on the 25th June and places are limited so if you are interested please don't hesitate to contact us on 01204 590 232 or just drop us an email.
Here’s a few words from our customers about the Ladder Association User and Inspection courses.
"Very useful and informative. Pleasant instruction, very knowledgeable." Paul
"Learning objectives met. Very good presentation of course including content, practical and equipment used." Tony