Fixed Ladder, Temporary Ladder & Ladder Ties Inspection
Fixed and Temporary Ladders are commonly used in the work place and as such fall under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (P.U.W.E.R) 1998 require the “Duty Holder” to ensure that any work equipment provided is;
Suitable for use, and for the purpose and conditions in which it is used
Maintained in a safe condition for use so that peoples Health and Safety is not at risk; and
Inspected in certain circumstances to ensure that it is, and continues to be safe for use.
It is the duty holder’s responsibility to ensure that prior to use, equipment provided is inspected by a competent person.
For more information on our Ladder inspection services please see below or contact us . . .
Fixed Ladder Inspection
Generally formed from steel or aluminium they provide access to places of work, both internally and externally, such as roof tops, plant, silos and the like. Wherever they are located, it is vital to ensure the safety of workers who use them.
Our role when inspecting your sites ladders is to report our findings in light of current recommendations of good practice. For this, we work to the British Standards:
BS 4211:2005+A1:2008 – Specification for permanently fixed ladders.
BS 5395-3:1985 – Code of Practice for the design of industrial type stairs, permanent ladders and walkways.
BS EN 14122 – Safety of machinery. Permanent means of access to machinery. Working platforms and walkways.
As part of the process, our engineers inspect ladders, ensuring the installation is compliant with current legislation, checking for items that may present an obvious hazard, such as slips, trips, falls, impact damage etc. They will also check that all fixings are secure, that all moving parts operate correctly, for example self closing gates at the head of a ladder. We then allocate each item a unique reference number, tag the item identifying next inspection due date and prepare a report for the customer on our findings. This provides customers with complete peace of mind that their ladders are fully compliant and that safety is being maximised.
Temporary Ladder Inspection
Our Temporary Ladder Inspection service is carried out by Ladder Association trained engineers. We inspect the ladders in accordance with manufacturers recommendations and following Ladder Association guidelines.
Temporary ladders should only be used for short-duration tasks (As a guide, if your task would require staying up a leaning ladder or stepladder for more than 30 minutes at a time, it is recommended that you consider alternative equipment) and providing a risk assessment has been carried out showing that equipment offering a higher level of fall protection is not justified because of the low risk and short duration of use; or there are existing workplace features which cannot be altered.
The main regulations covering temporary ladders are the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 & The Working at Height Regulations (WAHR) 2005, However many others are applicable. The WAHR spells out the need to check and maintain ladders and clearly states the general requirements of PUWER to maintain and inspect work equipment is annually or more frequent depending on use. (Regulations 5 and 6 (2).
The British standards that apply to temporary ladders are:
BS 1129 Specification for portable timber ladders, steps, trestles and lightweight stagings British Standards Institution
BS 2037 Specification for portable aluminium ladders, steps, trestles and lightweight stagings British Standards Institution
BS EN 131 Ladders (Specification for terms, types, functional sizes; Specification for requirements, testing, marking; User instructions; Single or multiple hinge-joint ladders) British Standards Institution
Ladder restraint ties are a critical piece of worker safety equipment and as such are covered under the umbrella legislation of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) and BS EN 8539. Following the guidelines of PUWER, our engineers inspect ladder restraint ties in accordance with the manufacturers’ recommendations. This includes a regular visual inspection, combined with a physical pull test to determine the suitability of fixing.
Ladder restraint ties are typically installed discreetly adjacent to or beneath windows on the outside of buildings. When used in conjunction with a ratchet strap to restrain the ladder they provide a safe means of securing a ladder for short duration window cleaning tasks. As the ladder tie is put under tension by the restraint strap, it is important to ensure that it is fit for purpose and will not pull out whilst the operative ascends the ladder. Our regular inspection and testing will proof -load the ladder tie to check its suitability.
For more information on our Fixed Ladder, Temporary Ladder & Ladder Ties inspection services please contact us . . .