Guidance note: Prevention of falls in construction

Learn about the selection and safe use of ladders and how employers can use the "control of risk" hierarchy to reduce the risk of a fall from portable ladders.


What it contains

This document outlines the occupational health and safety duties of employers to provide a safe working environment.

It explains how employers can use a hierarchy of control measures to minimise the workplace risk of falls from ladders. This includes:

  • what to consider before using a ladder
  • when to use ladders as a temporary measure
  • how to assess the risks of using a ladder
  • when using a ladder would and wouldn’t be recommended
  • how to use a ladder correctly