When working at height there is no room for complacency or shortcuts. Falls from height are one of the biggest causes of death and serious injury at work. More than 40 people are killed and more than 4,000 suffer major injuries every year. By complying with the working at height regulations of 2005 and using the correct safety equipment these numbers can be reduced.
The first attempt to regulate the industry started in 1937, so it’s surprising that working at height regulations came into effect so late in the UK, back in 2001.
A few years later The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) implemented the 2005 working at height regulations. The working at height regulations required employers and self-employed contractors to assess the risks and to ensure work is planned, so it’s carried out safely. Since 2005 it is the responsibility of the employer, that all those involved in working at height are competent of doing the work. All potential risks must be assessed and therefore appropriate work equipment must be selected and used. Finally, the equipment used for working at height must be properly inspected and maintained on a regular basis.
You may think that keeping track of your ladder inspections is difficult, especially if you have multiple pairs. If you are finding it difficult to keep track of your ladder inspections, we can help. The Ladder Log is a ladder inspection system that ensures your business will meet all the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005. Ladder Log Ladder Inspection Tags and Holders are attached to you ladders and provide clear information about the ladder and its current status for users. The information of your inspections can then be filed and kept safely in the A4 Ladder Register & Inspection Summary Folder which comes with the Ladder Log Business Pack. For businesses Personalised Inspection Tags are available which adds your company logo and colours to reflect your business image.
We can’t emphasise how important it to work safely at height. There is a wide range of accessories and equipment now available to ensure when you’re working at height you are also working safely. You can’t put a price on safety.
The Ladderm8rix Industrial Ladder Stabiliser, (See Image One) is an anti-slip device that allows you to safely use your ladder on a wide range surfaces including gravel, grass, wood and even ice or snow for those chilly winter months. Another must-have for any roofer is inexpensive yet very useful and possibly life saving. The Roof Ladder Link Clamps (See Image Two) allows you to clamp a leaning ladder to a roof ladder in order to stop sliding which could cause a fall. The Laddermat Ladder Leveller (See Image Three) consists of four mats made from heavy-duty rubber matting with nodules making it easy to work on uneven, sloping and soft ground.
If you have any queries regarding working safely at height or any of our products or services, please do not hesitate to contact our expert team or call 01204 590 232.