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21 Mar 2024

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Ladders are invaluable tools for various tasks, both trade and domestic. However, ensuring safety while using ladders is paramount. In the United Kingdom, regulations regarding ladder use are established by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Let’s delve into what the law says about ladder maximum height and other crucial aspects of ladder safety.

Ladder Maximum Height – HSE Regulations

The HSE serves as the regulatory body over seeing health and safety standards in the UK. Concerning ladder use, the Work at Height Regulations 2005 lay down specific guidelines to ensure the safety of workers and individuals using ladders.

One question we regularly receive here at Ladders UK Direct is whether there’s a legal limit to the height at which ladders can be safely used. The answer isn’t a straight forwards numerical value. While there is no specific legal limit to the height at which ladders can be used, the HSE provides the following guidance:

"There is no maximum height for using a ladder. However, where a ladder rises 9 metres or more above its base, landing areas or rest platforms should be provided at suitable intervals."

The HSE also recommends considering alternative methods for working at height for long periods of time, such as scaffolding or mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs). If using ladders, ensure they’re appropriate for the task and provide adequate stability. Avoid using ladders for tasks exceeding 30 minutes or requiring extensive reaching or stretching.


Here at Ladders UK Direct, we’re passionate about ladder safety. All of the ladders we provide are top-quality, durable, and reliable, so you can rest assured that you’re in good hands when working at height.

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If you have any unanswered questions about our range of ladders, working at height safely, or anything else for that matter, reach out and contact us today. One of our team members will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.


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