how to avoid overreaching while on a ladder

When you're working on a ladder, it's vital that you avoid overreaching because this can cause you (and your ladder) to fall. Time and time again, people get up the ladder and realise they've not quite positioned their ladder right for working. Rather than climbing back down, moving the ladder a few inches to the left or right and climbing back up again, they simply extend their reach. This is where dangerous accidents can occur!

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how to hold a ladder for someone

STOP RIGHT THERE! If you've been asked to hold a ladder for someone while they work at height, please do not agree to do so! Holding a ladder for someone not only puts them at risk but puts you at risk too. Nowadays, there is absolutely no need for someone to hold a ladder for you while you climb, there are a number of safer, more reliable ways to secure a ladder that will prevent accidental slips and falls.

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Man using an unsecured ladder

Falling off a ladder can result in some very serious injuries, so before you put your foot on that first rung, it's important to make sure that the risk of a fall is as low as possible.

For example, if you're planning to use the type of ladder that leans against a wall, you must first ensure that the ladder is properly stabilised.

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can broken ladders be repaired

Do you have a broken ladder in your shed or van? Is it worth keeping hold of a broken ladder and fixing it up, or should you buy a new one? More often than not, having a ladder repaired so that it's fit for use is more costly than ordering a brand new one. Not to mention, your broken (and then repaired) ladder may no longer be compliant with the standard it was certified to, which can cause a lot of problems, especially if you're a tradesperson or construction worker! We would always recommend purchasing a new ladder rather than repairing an old one.

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Training to use a ladder

If you are required to work at height as part of your job or in your spare time, there is a range of equipment that can be used to not only make the task more efficient but a whole lot safer.

From access towers to man cages and ladders, the options available to you all ensure that you're able to get whatever job you need doing done, in a safe and controlled manner but do you need training to use them?

In this blog, we focus on the safe use of ladders and whether or not you need to complete any sort of training programme in order to use them to complete work either in a commercial setting or a domestic one.

So, if you're wondering if you need training to use a ladder, read on to find out!

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