Ladder Safety

Staying safe on a ladder.

Why are there so many ladder related accidents?


Ladders have been around for almost 10,000 years and are commonplace items in virtually every home and workplace. This, and their simplicity, generates the false impression that ladder work requires no special knowledge or skill – when in fact the opposite is true. Anyone who uses a ladder should be trained and have knowledge about ‘working at heights’ to ensure they’re informed about the range of risks involved and the precautions necessary to prevent injury.


Prevent accident or injury when working at height?


By following a few important steps, you can help safeguard against any ladder accidents or personal injury when working at heights.


Risk assessment


A risk assessment should firstly be carried out to determine if a ladder is the most suitable piece of equipment for the task in hand. 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. You should only use ladders in situations where they can be used safely, e.g. where the ladder will be level and stable.


Competent/trained user


Following the risk assessment, if the ladder is the most appropriate piece of equipment, the ladder operator must be competent, i.e. have knowledge on how to use the equipment safely.


Choosing the correct ladder


Using a ladder for purposes for which it isn’t designed is a common cause of falls. Make sure the ladder you use is suitable for the planned task. (Safety regulations give specific measurement requirements.)


Inspecting the ladder


(If you spot any ladder defects, don’t use the ladder)

– Check the stiles to ensure they’re not bent or damaged
– Check that the feet are not worn, damaged or even missing
– Check that the rungs are not bent, worn, missing
– Check that any locking mechanisms fully engage and are not bent or damaged
– Check the stepladder platform is not split or buckled
– Check the steps or treads on stepladders – if they are contaminated they could be slippery


Setting up a ladder


Once you’ve carried out your pre-use checks and established that it’s in good condition, it’s important to know where and how to set up the ladder, and where and how not to. Check for overhead electrical wires, that the area around the base and top of the ladder are clear of debris, tools and other objects. If you are using a ladder in high traffic or public areas, set up suitable barricades. If you’re using a ladder in a doorway, lock the doors shut.


Securing a ladder


Using an effective stability device and securing your ladder is imperative to safeguard the ladder user. Ladders can be secured by either strapping the ladder to a suitable secure point and/or use an effective ladder stability/anti-slip device (footing is the last resort and should be avoided). Securing the ladder safely helps to ensure that the ladder feet cannot move or slip and the ladder and its operator stay safe.


Ladder stabiliser/ ladder anti-slip devices;


When buying a ladder stabiliser/anti-slip device, think about the worst type of surface and conditions you will encounter. For example, whether you will be using that ladder indoors or outdoors, or whether the ground will be wet, muddy or icy. Only buy a ladder and associated stability device that will be suitable for your required surfaces.



Contact us at info@laddermates.com.au for any questions you may have about how the LadderM8rix can make your safer using a ladder on practically any surface.

Dr Roodenburg


Dr Owen Roodenburg, Deputy Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, witnesses first-hand the impacts of ladder-related falls. Watch Dr Roodenburg explain the serious impacts of a ladder fall.

Call us on 0411 119 120 or email info@laddermates.com.au for more info!

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Dr Owen Roodenburg, Deputy Director of the Intensive Care Unit at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital, witnesses first-hand the impacts of ladder-related falls. Watch Dr Roodenburg explain the serious impacts of a ladder fall.

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