January 28, 2020
Who is responsible for ensuring that ladders are routinely inspected?
This is all about who has control at a workplace for height safety. The “controller of the workplace” is responsible for ensuring that a workplace is safe for workers (air conditioning technicians, plumbers and roof maintenance, contractors). Adequate resources need to be allocated to fund for safety.
This is usually a shared responsibility. In a facilities and maintenance environment, direct responsibilities are as follows:
The facility manager/WHS manager: Responsible for ensuring that there are planning and implementation for ladder inspections. In particular that there are adequate resources to inspect, repair and maintain ladders. Ensuring that systems and training are appropriate and that these are followed, maintained and communicated.
The workers (employees and contractors): Using the ladders correctly. Using the right ladder for the right job and speaking up if a situation isn’t safe and taking responsibility for their own behaviour.
Senior management and directors: Ensuring that safety is a priority, adequate resources are allocated and relevant health hand safety laws are being met. This is similar to the fiduciary duty attached to being a company director.
Ensuring that safety is a priority, adequate resources are allocated and relevant health hand safety laws are being met. This is similar to the fiduciary duty attached to being a company director.
What to do next:
Contact Workplace Wing to arrange a formal inspection and assessment of your ladders. Your Wing inspector will Inspect the equipment to check the condition and to ensure that the right ladder is being used for the right task.
Here’s a 2-minute video where lawyer Michael Tooma talks about the different parties who have responsibility for safety.