Far more than a million British businesses and ten million workers are estimated to carry out jobs involving some kind of perform at height every year. Falls are one particular of the biggest causes of death and significant injury at operate. That’s why this year’s #OSHtober focussed on working at height and raising awareness of the dangers. In this write-up, we look at some of the frequent questions relating to working at height.
Query: Do you want to be formally ‘qualified’ prior to employing a ladder at perform?
Answer: You require to be competent. This implies having the essential skills, understanding and experience to use a ladder effectively for the function you will carry out, or, if you are getting trained, you function beneath the supervision of somebody who can execute the job competently. Instruction usually takes place on the job and does not constantly have to take spot in a classroom. What matters is that an individual can apply what they have learned in the workplace.
Question: Can I nonetheless use ladders on a building internet site?
Answer: Yes. Ladders and stepladders can be a sensible and practical selection. They can be used for work at height when the use of other work gear is not justified simply because of the low risk and brief duration (short duration implies operating on a ladder for no much more than 30 minutes at a time) or when there are current workplace or internet site characteristics which can’t be altered.
Query: Am I functioning at height if I’m walking up and down a staircase at function?
Answer: No, you are not. Function at height does not incorporate walking up and down a permanent staircase in a developing.
Question: Do you need to have two feet and one hand on a stepladder at all instances when carrying out a activity?
Answer: No, this is not correct. When you require to have each hands cost-free for a short period to do a job utilizing a stepladder (e.g. putting a box on a shelf, hanging wallpaper, installing a smoke detector on a ceiling) you need to preserve 3 points of contact at the operating position. This is not just two feet and one particular hand, it can be two feet and your physique (use your knees or chest to aid with stability) supported by the stepladder. Make certain a handhold is offered to steady yourself prior to and right after.
Query: Have HSE banned the use of ladders to access scaffolds?
Answer: No, this isn’t true. Ladders can be employed for access as lengthy as they are of the correct variety (i.e. a appropriate grade of industrial ladder), in good situation and effectively secured (tied) to stop movement. You ought to ensure they extend at least a single metre above the landing point to permit for a safe handhold when stepping off.
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