It is important that the correct size of Laddergaurd is used to ensure small feet cannot climb the ladder.
No more than 50mm of exposed rung should be visible when the laddergaurd is tight to one side of the ladder.
Full detail of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance can be found here.
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Why Use A Ladderguard
Within the UK, companies are required by law to protect the welfare, health and safety of their employees and contractors.
In addition, the law also requires that companies protect others including; visitors and trespassers, when they access their sites and property.
The relevant UK legislation includes:
Section 4.0 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which places a duty on those in control of non-domestic premises
to ensure that so far as is reasonably practicable that the premises, the means of access and exit, and any plant or substances are
safe and without risk to health.
The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) require a Principal Contractor to ensure that only authorised
people are allowed on site, to restrict unauthorised workers from areas where hazards may be present and that all workers are
properly informed and consulted.
Under the Occupiers Liability Act 1957, a duty is placed on the occupier of premises to take reasonable care to see that visitors
are reasonably safe in using the premises for the purpose for which they were invited, or permitted, by the occupier to be there –
the duty of care to be extended will differ with the visitor, i.e., a greater duty is owed to children.
The Occupiers Liability Act 1984, extends this common law duty of care to persons other than visitors, i.e., trespassers.
The occupier being required to take reasonable care in all the circumstances to ensure that non-visitors do not get hurt due to
the condition of the premises or the things done, or not done to it.
More recently, the Working at Height Regulations 2005, have introduced requirements for the protection of workers and visitors,
which include; Regulation 11; the workplace is so far as is reasonably practicable equipped with devices preventing unauthorised people
from entering areas where there is a risk of falling a distance.
Should ladders be an intrinsic part of work equipment, employers are also be required to satisfy the requirements of the Provision
& Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) Regulation 7; where the use of work equipment involves specific hazards, its use must
be restricted to those persons given the specific task of using it and repairs must be restricted to designated persons.
In order to comply with health & safety legislation, an employer should be reviewing and controlling hazards using hierarchical control measures,
i.e., initially looking to eliminate the hazard, if this is not possible considering physical barriers and collective protective measures,
such as a “Ladderguard”, and lastly putting in place measures such as personal protective equipment.
Numerous cases can be cited of companies being fined and/ or have been required to pay damages for allowing people to become injured, and indeed killed, whilst accessing unauthorised areas at height. For up to date information on recent court cases, have a look at the Health & Safety Executive’s website.