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Are you prepared if an employee falls off a ladder?

by , 02 May 2013
Falls from ladders and scaffolding are the single biggest cause of workplace deaths. They can stop production for days while investigations take place. This means lost working time and profits for your business. But there's a way to prevent this from happening to you.

Let's take a look at what your duties are to your employees...

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2 ways employees can work at heights
Employees can work at heights using:

1.    Ladders; or

2.    Scaffolding.

4 duties you owe to your employees that work at heights

If your employees work at heights of 1.5 m or higher, make sure the equipment they use is safe for them and the work that they carry out. Here's what you must do (General Safety Regulation 6 of the OHSA):

  1. Train all employees who work with ladders and scaffolding in the safety precautions they must take;
  2. Do a risk assessment for the work that involves using ladders and scaffolding;
  3. Give employees the personal protective equipment (PPE) they'll need when they work with ladders and scaffolding. For example, hard hats, safety boots and safety gloves;
  4. Take precautionary measures to reduce the risk of falling or slipping, e.g. make sure they wear the correct shoes;


It's a legal requirement. You must identify hazards and assess risks in your company

Do you know how to compile a risk assessment?

A comprehensive risk assessment must be compiled for your workplace. Doing this will allow you to protect your employees from health and safety hazards, and save yourself from a R100 000 fine, two years in jail or even both!


Most injuries to employees happen because employees haven't received the correct training and aren't aware of the safety procedures to follow. Train your employees on these four rules when they work with scaffolding.

4 safety rules employees must know for scaffolding

  1. They mustn't change or remove any part of the scaffolding;
  2. They must make sure all hatches on the scaffolding are kept closed while working;
  3. They must make sure a scaffold ladder is used for climbing the scaffolding and not the scaffold frames, beams or poles;
  4. They must make sure tools and equipment for carrying out any work is lifted onto the scaffolding by rope or some other hoisting device such as a tool box or bucket and rope.

There are 10 other rules your employees must know and so much more to ensure their safety.

In Health and Safety Training Manual we show you exactly how to train your employees to work safely with ladders and scaffolding.

Until next time,
Stay safe!

Kerusha Narothan
Managing Editor: Health and Safety Training Manual

P.S. Remember, if you're a subscriber to Health and Safety Training Manual I'll also give you a Ladder Inspection Checklist, and Deviation and Corrective Action Completion form with your update on working with ladders and scaffolding.

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