Trestles and stepladders are often misused and many accidents have occurred.
- Use for light work and short duration only.
- Check for damaged bearer, hinges or stiles before use.
- Use lightweight staging for the platforms. If normal scaffold boards are used, support at 1.2 metre centres.
- Before erecting a trestle, ensure ground is stable and level.
- Don’t increase the height of the platform by using hop-ups.
- The platform must be a least 600 mm wide.
- Ensure the correct pins are used when the height is raised, don’t use a re-bar or nails.
- If using normal scaffold boards, space stands 1.2 metres apart.
- If used with lightweight staging, check allowable loads.
- If it’s possible to fall guard-rails and toes boards must be fitted.
- Ensure you have a tied ladder or access to the trestle.
- Can a mobile scaffold tower or MEWP be used instead?
- Check treads, stiles and hinges and restraining rope before using a stepladder.
- If the stepladder is damaged, either destroy or return to the supplier.
- Use on a firm level base.
- Don’t work higher than two-thirds up stepladder (hand-hold).
- Don’t use boards between the treads on steps to provide a working platform – they are not designed for this loading.
- Don’t paint wooden steps, use clear varnish.
- Don’t lean outwards or sideways from the steps, move them.
- Ensure steps are fully extended before you go up.
- Report all damage immediately.
REMEMBER OBSERVE ALL THE RULES AND PREVENT A FALL