The Myths Behind Working at Height

What is working at height myth and what is fact?

When it comes to working at height there seems to be a lot of misconception. Here is some information which is provided by the HSE on common working at height myths.

Are Ladders and Stepladders allowed?

Working at HeightSome workers believe that the HSE has banned using all ladders on a construction site. As a matter of fact, this isn’t the case. The use of step-ladders and ladders are very practical when used properly. If the task is a situation in which other work equipment isn’t suitable you may use a ladder. Situations may include; low risk and short duration tasks or when the working environment cannot be adjusted to support any other work equipment.

Can you use Ladders to access Scaffolding?

You can only do this if you are using the appropriate equipment. A suitable grade of an industrial ladder is required, it needs to be secure and properly inspected. You must ensure that the ladder extends at least one metre above your landing point so that you can easily step off it.

Does the two feet and one hand rule apply when you are climbing a stepladder?

Ladder Safety

When working on a step ladder you may need to have both hands free to conduct your work. It is important to retain three points of contact on the ladder (it doesn’t have to be your hand). You can use your feet, knees, chest or legs to help stay stable on the ladder. Make sure you leave your hand free when you are climbing up[ and down the ladder.

Do I need a Ladder Qualification to use one?

Although a ladder qualification is beneficial this isn’t the case. It is important to be competent in using a ladder properly but you do not need a formal qualification. Training on a ladder can be conducted by a competent supervisor on the job, but classroom training is highly beneficial.

3B Training provides the Safe Use of Ladders & Step Ladders course as an open course nationwide. Take a look at our upcoming course dates here.

Is working on a staircase classed as Working at Height?

Working At HeightIf you are working on a permanent built-in staircase, you are not classed as working at height.

For more information on the subject, you can attend the Working at Height Awareness course with 3B Training. Find out more about the course here.

To view our full range of Scaffolding & Working at Height Courses click here.

Fall Protection: What PPE is right for me?

When you are working at height, it is vital that you choose the correct PPE and understand why you are choosing it. Find out more here.

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