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Ladder Awareness (VTQ)

Who can take this Course?

Any employee who uses a ladder.


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About the Course

Are you tired of falling or losing balance while climbing a ladder? Using a ladder can pose many dangers, especially when working at heights. Learning to use a ladder safely is an essential skill you need to have nowadays. Ladder awareness is a skill that everyone should have, especially in the working world. Ladders can be used for many different functions and tasks, but accidents do occur from time to time. According to statistics, there are around 10,000 deaths worldwide due to falling off ladders yearly. According to the NHS, falls from ladders and scaffolding are responsible for about 10% of all work-related injuries. This statistic is likely even higher as many ladder accidents go unreported. If you're ever in doubt about using a ladder safely, always ask someone else for help. Ensure your equipment is in good condition and adequately maintained by regularly checking it for wear and tear, cracks or other signs of damage. Ladder awareness training teaches you how to use ladders in a way that helps minimise the risks and makes sure that you're always safe.

Why is Ladder Training important?

When you're training to use a ladder safely, you'll be learning how to:

A. Use the ladder in the correct way for your task. How? By understanding the ladder's dimensions, weight and safety features.

2. Stay on the ladder while working. This means keeping your body straight and avoiding sudden movements that could cause you to fall off the ladder or lose balance.

3. Use proper hand-holds and foot-holds to safely keep yourself stable while climbing or descending a ladder.

4. Avoid going up or down ladders if unsure of your footing - use another method instead!

B. Avoid common hazards when climbing and working on a ladder. How? By following these guidelines:

1. Use a ladder with caution near sharp edges or high places - it's easier to fall than you think!

2. Don't use a ladder if the surface is wet, icy or slippery - your footing will quickly become unstable.

3. Keep your head up and be aware of potential falling objects - ladders can provide an easy way to fall from great heights!

C. Stay safe while descending a ladder. Why and How? When climbing a ladder, always use the proper safety precautions:

1. Keep your body facing down the ladder - don't turn around while descending. Doing so can cause you to lose your balance and fall off the ladder.

2. Use a hand-hold if possible - this will help keep you stable as you descend. If there's no handhold available, stay close to the rungs and remember to use your hands as footholds when climbing back up!

3. Remember that ladders are unstable - be careful not to go too fast or take unnecessary risks while descending

By taking this course, you'll learn about various types of ladders and their proper uses to work at your maximum potential. You'll also understand how to install, maintain, and put away ladders safely, so they're out of harm's way when it's time to replace them.

Packed with useful information and helpful tips, this course is perfect for anyone looking to up their safety game! Book your course now!

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