Fixed ladders fitted with a safety cage: safe or unsafe?

Published:  18 October, 2021

With falls from height still one of the leading causes of fatal accidents at work, the industry welcomes two new guidance documents on working safely on portable ladders, released by the Ladder Association and Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Rob Messenger, work and rescue at height instructor, at ARCO PROFESSIONAL SAFETY SERVICES, looks at the issues of fixed, safety cage ladders and how to mitigate the risks associated with using this type of equipment.

Fixed ladders are common across a multitude of industries within the United Kingdom, as an access method giving many thousands safe access to plant and equipment which is located at height. But is it safe for you, your colleagues, your contractors, or your employees to use caged ladders without any additional measures?

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