Identify ways in which accidents may be prevented when using portable ladders as a means of access. Ways in which accidents might be prevented when using portable ladders include:
- Using only authorised ladders which were regularly maintained and inspected;
- Using the correct ladder for the task to be undertaken ensuring it was of suitable length and non- conductive;
- Carrying out a pre-use inspection of the ladder to ensure it was in good condition, unpainted and with no splits in the stiles;
- Placing the ladder on a firm base, at the correct location to prevent over reaching, at the correct angle (between 70-80º), ensuring it extended at least four rungs beyond the landing point and that it was secured both at the top and
- Ensuring the ladder was not overloaded – one person to climb at a time
- That it was not erected near overhead cables,
- That its base was protected from collision,
- It should be used only for work of short duration and not in inclement weather
- The worker using the ladder should avoid wearing muddy or greasy footwear,
- Using a holster or tool bag to carry tools and
- Maintain three points of contact on the ladder
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