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Working from ladders
Posted: 03 Apr 2018, 21:54
When working at heights, from what height do you need harnesses for ladders?
And from what height are you not allowed to use a ladder but need to use scaffolding or other means?
Re: Working from ladders
Posted: 06 Apr 2018, 08:21
This is difficult to say because the construction regulations have this to say:
"fall risk" means any potential exposure to falling either from, off or into.
"fall protection plan" means a documented plan, which includes and provides for-
(a) all risks relating to working from a fall risk position, considering the nature of work undertaken;
(b) the procedures and methods to be applied in order to eliminate the risk of falling; and
(c) a rescue plan and procedures;
it does not say at witch heights you need to use a safety harness, it only specifies that if there is a risk of falling, that control measures should be in place. most organisations still apply the fall from 2 meter principle requires a safety harness. it isn't always practical to use a safety harness on a ladder. however some means of prevention, protection, and rescue must be in place regardless of the height. a fall protection planner will be able to assess the risk and provide suitable control measures within the fall protection plan.
the General Safety Regulations have this to say:
6. Work in elevated Positions:
No employer shall require or permit any person to work in an elevated position, and no person shall work in an elevated position, unless such work is performed safely from a ladder or scaffolding, or from a position where such person has been made as safe as if he were working from scaffolding.
An employee shall ensure that every ladder is constructed of sound material and is suitable for the purpose for which it is used, and -
(3) No employer may permit that -
(a) a ladder which is required to be leaned against an object for support be used which is longer than 9 m; and
(b) except with the approval of an inspector, the reach of a ladder be extended by fastening together two or more ladders: Provided that the provisions of this subregulation shall not apply to extension of free-standing ladders.
A ladder can be as long as you want it to be: taking example of tower crane, however these tower cranes have resting platforms every 8 meter in height, and the ladder does not lean against a structure but is fixed to it in a vertical position, it's not your ordinary mobile ladder.
I would also suggest you consider the work that will be performed from the ladder, weather conditions, an much more before deciding that people should climb a tall ladder and perform work. a fall protection planner and fall protection plan should be in place.
Re: Working from ladders
Posted: 09 Apr 2018, 11:47
Also look at Contruction Regualtion 9 & 10 (it needs to be part of your fall protection plan).