Fatal and specified (eg serious, possibly life-changing) injury accidents due to falls from ladders are commonly associated with the construction industry and activities such as painting and decorating. Ladders and stepladders should be used only for short duration. As this topic describes, any work from ladders must be risk assessed and planned to ensure that they are used only when other means of gaining access to height are not practicable. This requirement is set by the Work at Height Regulations 2005.

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