Kicksteps and Step Ladders may be an ideal solution for retailers when working in busy stock rooms for reaching products stored at height. With this in mind it is vital that you are using the right equipment and the person using it is competent and trained.
Company Fined for Using Domestic Ladders
One thing to bear in mind is the class of the equipment you are using. Recently the owners of a Beverley shoe shop were fined £16,000 after an employee was seriously injured after falling from a domestic ladder. The employee was working on the domestic ladder as it collapsed from underneath her. The court heard that the employer had failed to provide staff with suitable stepladders, furthermore the member of staff was not given adequate training and no safety checks were carried out on the ladder. You can read the full story on the Hull Daily Mail website.
Selecting The Correct Ladder Class
When selecting a stepladder there are three different Classifications to choose from.
The first is “Class 1” which is for heavy duty and industrial use with a max load of 175kg. The second class is EN131 which should be used in commercial and trade environments and has a maximum load of 150kg. Finally a “Class Three” is the term used for domestic ladders, which has a maximum load of 125kg and should be only be used in a domestic setting for DIY and on a infrequent basis.
When using ladders in retail they should be Class 1 or EN131 as they will be used frequently in a commercial environment. Selecting the correct class for your equipment is very important as using the incorrect equipment will result in fines and in some cases more severe penalties.
Further Information & Advice
Please ensure when working at height you are capable of using the equipment safely and you carry out pre-checks before every use. The Ladderstore Blog has a vast amount of information regarding pre-checks, selecting the right equipment, the safe use of stepladders as well as information on relevant training.
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