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Course contents

This training course is broken down into 4 sections

  1. 1 Ladder Selection
  2. 2 Ladder Pre-Check
  3. 3 Ladder Setup
  4. 4 Ladder Use Guidelines
A ladder - Ladder Safety Training
Section 1 of our Ladder Safety Training looks at ladder selection.

This section covers the first of the four Ladder Safety Steps. We look at what you need to consider when you’re selecting a ladder - including the BSI Kitemark, and the ladder’s size, material and duty rating.

Checking stiles, labels, rungs and feet on a ladder as part of Ladder Safety Training.

For the second step, we look at how you can conduct a ladder Pre-check correctly on step ladders and non-self-supporting ladders (including extension ladders). We also demonstrate how to find and mark a ladder’s Balance Point.

Section three of our Ladder Safety Training looks at the ladder set-up process.

Here, we take you through the setup process. We provide a ‘Low Shoulder Carry’ and ‘1:4 Ratio’ demonstrations, we explain the setup “do’s and don'ts” for all ladders, and we also include how to extend and set up an extension ladder.

Our Ladder Safety Training concludes with safe ladder use and etiquette.

This section gives you concise practical steps for using a stepladder, a single ladder and an extension ladder. We discuss Ladder Etiquette and provide a bullet list of how to lower a ladder safely. There are also additional resources on Ladder Maintenance and Storage for wooden, fibreglass and aluminium ladders.

About this course

Falling from a height is incredibly common and incredibly dangerous, and at least a third of all fall injuries involve ladders. This makes them one of the largest causes of accidents and injuries - both in the workplace and at home; Ladder Safety Training is therefore essential.

You don’t need to be formally qualified to use a ladder, but you do have to be competent. This Ladder Safety Course has been created to help strengthen the necessary skills and knowledge you need to use ladders safely.

There are various types of ladders and you need to make sure that you are picking up the right one for the situation. As well as the set up of a ladder, you'll also need to consider how you dismantle and carry them from location to location.

It’s split into four short sections, with each one looking at the Ladder Safety Steps – Ladder Selection, Ladder safety Pre-Check procedures, Ladder Setup and Ladder Use.

Incorrect ladder safety procedures may result in workplace injuries and end up costing your business in compensation. Training helps to avoid the worst case scenario.

This Ladder Safety Training can be used in conjunction with our Working at Height Training.

Chris Miller, a presenter of Ladder Safety Training

Presented by

Chris Miller

The importance of Ladder Safety Training

It’s important that you comply with the law and understand the positive impact this training course can have on your organisation and employees.

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Ladder Safety Training certificate

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Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Ladder Safety Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questions guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Ladder Safety Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

Please note if you are using our course content via SCORM in a third party LMS then we are unable to provide certificates and you will need to generate these in your host LMS yourself.

Ladder Safety Certificate

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Why is this training important?


It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work.

Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAHR)

Brought in to prevent deaths and injuries caused by falls from height. Employers and anyone in control of work carried out at height need to make sure that work is properly planned, supervised and more importantly, carried out by competent people.

Employees have general legal duties to take reasonable care of themselves and others who may be affected by their actions, and to co-operate with their employer to enable their health and safety duties and requirements to be complied with.


Ladder Safety Tips

Without giving too much away here are some basic ladder safety tips! 

  • Choose the correct ladder
  • Inspect the ladder 
  • Set up the ladder correctly 
  • User the ladder correctly
  • Avoid overarching
  • Keep surface area clear 
  • Wear correct footwear 

How to use a ladder on an uneven surface?

When using a ladder on an uneven surface, it’s important to measure the ladder, and make sure it’s the right size. Check that it’s tall enough to reach your work area and that it can support your weight. 

* A stabiliser for the ladder should be used to help it stay on level on uneven ground. 

It is important to take your time when climbing the ladder and be extra cautious. Keep your body centred and avoid leaning too far to any side. * Ensure you’re keeping 3 points of contact on the ladder at all times with hands and feet.

How to use a ladder in high winds?

If you’re using a ladder in high winds it is important to take extra precautions as this area of work can be dangerous. Here are some ladder safety tips when using a ladder in high winds:

Check the weather: It may seem okay to climb up now but if the winds worsen it is best practice to postpone the job until the weather improves. 

Again with an uneven surface, finding the right ladder for the job required, Fibreglass ladders are recommended when working in wet or windy weather conditions as they are less slippery than normal ladders. 

Once you have set the ladder up it is important to secure it to an anchor point such as a tree, post or a building. Once secured a ladder stabiliser is then recommended to be in place to keep you safe.

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