Ways In Which Accidents May Be Prevented When Using Portable Ladders As A Means Of Access

Ways In Which Accidents May Be Prevented When Using Portable Ladders As A Means Of Access

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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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