Ladders and stepladders

26 August 2021

Ladders and stepladders are used in many workplaces. There is no ban on this and they offer a practical option for low risk, short duration tasks.

Workman carrying stepladder

However, they can pose a significant risk of injury if they are not used properly. There can be a temptation to use them even if they are not quite right for the job or to just get things done quickly. Therefore, it is essential that some basic safety precautions are taken when they are used.

You may need to:

  • implement specific  precautions to make sure that they are used properly
  • complete periodic inspections of any equipment provided
  • provide information and training to staff on what they need to do
  • document your arrangements for preventing injury from ladders, keeping certain records.