Working at height using ladders or step ladders


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  • Choosing the wrong type of access equipment resulting in falls from height.
  • Dropping of work equipment onto persons below.
  • Damaged ladders / stepladders or plastic steps resulting in falls from height.
  • Unsecured ladders
  • Ladders erected close to overhead power supplies.
  • Ladders erected so that they obstruct walkways or vehicle routes may lead to a collision causing the user to fall.
  • Falls from height
  • Objects falling from height.
  • Incorrectly erecting and dis-assembly of tower scaffolds / scaffolding leading to operatives falling or equipment falling from height onto person/s below.
  • Failure to take additional precautions when working on roofs or fragile surfaces may lead to operatives falling from height.
  • Work that imposes a side loading, such as side-on drilling through solid materials, e.g. bricks or concrete, may cause a stepladder or ladder and the user/ work materials to fall.
  • Hot / cold and wet weather
  • Falls from height while fitting / removing or cleaning guttering system parts.
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