Fall From Ladder

Safety Alert: Fall From Ladder

Safety Alert No: 29

Date: 10 January 2011

INCIDENT

On the 10th of January 2011, an apprentice was standing on the 7th floor rung of a 10ft ladder at a height of approximately 2.1m. He was locating 413 outlets and pulling them through the mini strip celling. He over-reached to perform the task and lost balance causing the ladder to fall out from under him and fall to ground. When he fell, he landed fortunately, only damaging his arm and wrist. This incident had the potential to cause serious harm.

Contributing Factors:

Apprentice failed to show an understanding of “Working at Height” requirements.Subsequently, no controls were identified or put in place to prevent the fall from occuring.

RECOMMENDATIONS

Working on a ladder at a height greater than 2 meters requires appropriate methods of fall prevention to be in place. EGT apprentices must ensure adequate controls are in place and should not work from any surface over 2m without fall prevention.3 points of contact must be maintained at all times when working on of a ladder. (i.e. 2 feet and 1 hand or 2 hands and 1 foot.)

Download a PDF copy of this Safety Alert