Ladder Safety – How Ladder-Spurs Can Stabilise Access

There are times when access to certain areas just is not required on a twenty-four hour basis. Apart from regular inspections it would be unusual, for example to have constant access to a lift motor.

Yet the layout of a building can sometimes mean that a standard fire door is not appropriate due to opening space/size limitations. Yet that opening is not one that can be left unprotected, reducing the possibility of an accident is a key issue after all. A relatively straightforward solution to this particular issue could be a safety gate that could be retrofitted into virtually any space and if that gate had a self-closing capability then the problem is removed.

Sometimes that access hatch causes problems by being above head height. Not a fall hazard, far from it but it does cause a problem when having to do a significant amount of work within the area the access leads to. The traditional way to overcome access issues like this is the ladder. A simple solution that is effective and, when it has been set up correctly, safe to use.

The problem with the ladder is that the base is only a little wider than the top. The stability of the ladder can be improved by using a simple product, such as the Kee Safety Ladder-spurs.

This relatively simple addition to any set of ladders increases the lateral stability by reducing the risk of outward slip at the base. In turn, the spurs also reduce the chance of the top of the ladder slipping.

In buildings where space is at a premium, storage can become a matter of using a mezzanine floor. In these instances the safest solution to preventing a fall is the installation of a pallet gate.

In many cases, these can be manufactured as the building is being constructed. The drawback to this type of gate is that if there is any accidental damage, a pallet hitting the uprights is a regular problem, when the damaged area has to be cut out and a new section welded into place. The costs of doing this type of repair can be inhibitive.

Whereas a modular system that can be attached to existing railings are a more effective answer, while also reducing the costs of repairs caused by impact damage. The other benefit of using a modular system is that it can always be modified as a company’s needs change over time.

Where the safety of the individual is as important as preventing pallet related incidents it is always a useful option to be able to add toe-boards at a later time. Then staff waiting on the mezzanine do not run the risk of crush injuries from pallets being raised onto the higher level.