CDM (Jersey) Knowledge Base
Please note this topic relates to the CDM (Jersey) 2016 Regulations. If you are looking for the CDM 2015 (Great Britain) Regulations, please see the CDM (GB) Knowledge Base
Schedule 7 refers to Regulation 27(2)(b)) and states that a relevant contractor of construction work must ensure that a ladder is used for work at height only if a risk assessment has demonstrated that the use of equipment that better controls risk is not justified because the work involves a low risk and:-
- the work is of short duration
- the existing features of the relevant construction site make the use of that equipment impracticable, being features that the relevant contractor cannot alter
A surface on which a ladder rests must be stable, firm, of sufficient strength and of suitable composition safely to support:-
- the ladder so that its rungs or steps remain horizontal
- any loading intended to be placed on the ladder
A ladder must be so positioned as to ensure its stability during use.
A suspended ladder must be attached:-
- in any case, in a secure manner
- except in the case of a flexible ladder, so that it cannot be displaced and swinging is prevented
A portable ladder must be prevented from slipping during use by:-
- securing the stiles at or near their upper or lower ends
- an effective anti-slip or other effective stability device
- any other arrangement of equivalent effectiveness
An interlocking or extension ladder must not be used except when its sections are prevented from moving relative to each other.
A mobile ladder must not be used except when it is immobilized.
If a ladder or run of ladders rises a vertical distance of 9 metres or more above its base, then, where reasonably practicable, sufficient safe landing areas or rest platforms must be provided at suitable intervals.
A ladder must be used in such a way that a secure handhold and secure support are always available to the user, including when the user is carrying a load.
However, in the case of a step ladder, a secure handhold need not be available in circumstances where a load is carried if the availability of a handhold is not reasonably practicable in those circumstances, and a risk assessment in accordance with the construction phase plan has demonstrated that the use of a stepladder in those circumstances is justified because of the low risk in its use and the short duration of its use.