Health and Safety // Ladder Training

Updated: Nov 21, 2018

Throughout my degree, something that has become increasingly more relevant is the need for knowledge regarding health and safety (it's not all fun and games folks). This skill is vital in the installation of exhibitions, particularly in large and awkward spaces.

Health and safety manager, Max Fox, held a session informing us of the different types of ladders available, what to use where and when as well as hazards that we should take into consideration. Awareness of your surroundings remains incredibly important at all times to ensure safety to yourself and others around you.

Before climbing a ladder, you must note that the ladder is positioned correctly; with a straight ladder you must apply a 4:1 ratio, for example, if your ladder stands 4m high than it must remain 1m away from the wall so that the likelihood of unbalance is reduced. With an A-frame ladder, you must be certain that any safety catches are in place and that the spreaders (located on side of frame) are securely locked in place before climbing. Disregard for these safety features could result in an accident in the workplace.

For the most part, it really is common sense. However, be safe and if necessary, never be scared to ask for help!

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