Ladders and stepladders are found in almost every workplace and used by virtually everyone. From maintenance staff changing light bulbs in a retirement residence to volunteers putting up Christmas decorations in the church hall, from kitchen staff retrieving items on a high shelf to students decorating the gym, almost everyone feels comfortable using a ladder or a stepladder. The same is likely true in your organization.
It is easy to get the impression that working on a ladder (the official term being ‘working at height’) requires no special knowledge or skills. After all, it seems to be a very simple and straightforward tool. In fact, the opposite is true. Ladders may well be one of the most misused pieces of access equipment. And while they can be very versatile, they have inherent limitations and can pose serious hazards.