Fixed Access Ladders, Stairs, Walkways & access equipment provide a safe means of access for staff and contractors. Often installed for planned maintenance purposes, they are a vital link in the chain. A Regular HSE ladder inspection checklist and testing is required as they fall under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998.
This must be carried out by a competent person and the findings of this inspection must be recorded. Ensuring that regular Inspection & Maintenance Service of this equipment are completed, helps reduce costly down time.
We undertake the inspection of fixed vertical ladders & companionway / ships ladders following PUWER regulations and manufacturer's instructions.
We offer a compliance based Inspection & Maintenance service as part of a periodic inspection regime / PPM for fixed ladders following PUWER guidelines & the recommendations of BS 4211 as we realise that the safety of your fixed ladders is imperative in creating a safe working environment.
Companionway / ships ladders are classified under BS 4211:2008 as ladders between 60-75 degrees. They are distinguished from vertical fixed ladders (sometimes referred to as cat ladders) in that they have treads rather than rungs. We offer a complete inspection service for both fixed vertical ladders / cat ladders (with / without hoops) and companionway ladders. Companionway ladders are generally regarded as easier to climb and are found to be more commonly used when frequent access is required. Whilst often used internally to access loft / roof hatches they can also be found external to a building. Ladders such as the Ascent companionway ladder are designed in accordance with BS EN ISO 14122-1:2001 + A1:2010 and Building Regulations Part K:2013. Our ladder inspection criteria would follow the requirements of these standards.
PUWER regulation 6 specifies the circumstances where inspection is required to ensure healthy and safe conditions are maintained: one circumstance identified is… where work equipment is exposed to conditions causing deterioration liable to result in dangerous situations. Given ladders are often located external to a building or at height – they often require a regular planned inspection
Portable Ladder & Stepladder Training
At Eurosafe, we are committed to delivering unparalleled training experiences that adhere to the highest industry standards.
By undergoing Ladder Association training, our clients can rest assured that their staff members will be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and confidence to use or inspect portable ladders and step ladders legally and safely. Click the link below to learn more.