Ladders are frequently employed on construction
sites, and work places, to gain access to scaffolds and other
work platforms, allowing work at height to be safely
During the construction and use of such
scaffolds and work platforms, certain levels of the working
platform may be required to be restricted for any number of
reasons, including; dangerous or incomplete scaffolds,
restrictions due to lower level works, etc.. without removing the
ladders between the levels, it can prove difficult to manage and
police staff and contractors to prevent access to the restricted
levels of the working platform.
Also, when works are not being performed,
ladders can present a serious risk to the business as they allow
trespassers and other unauthorised persons to gain access to the
work platforms and scaffolds – these unauthorised persons
can potentially include children.
At height, unauthorised persons may then cause
themselves, or others, injury by accessing dangerous or
incomplete scaffold resulting in a scaffold collapse, a fall from
height, the dropping tools and materials onto passers by, or
knocking debris and other items from the work platform.
In the uk, the law demands that should they
enter your site, trespassers, and other unauthorised persons, are
to be protected from being exposed, and exposing others, to such
hazards, i.e., trespassers should be stopped from accessing such
work platforms. to meet this legal requirement several practices
are currently employed which include;
Removing access ladders from a scaffold or
other area, which can involve; loss of time whilst the ladder is
being removed and re-fitted, increased risk of the ladder not
being correctly secured, and the requirement for a competent
person to complete these works.
Boarding the ladder, i.e., lashing a scaffold
board to the ladder rungs to render the ladder unusable, boarding
the ladder also has a number of disadvantages as the board is
typically only tied to the ladder and can therefore be easily
removed by undoing the knots or cutting the lashing.
To help overcome these problems, Multzer
limited have developed the “ladder guard” system,
which offers the site manager, and other such responsible people,
a number of advantages when compared to the methods identified
- Quick and simple to fit and remove the unit from virtually
any ladder – temporary or fixed.
- Clearly displayed hazard warning and prohibition signs.
- Increased security, the unit being securely padlocked to the
Other advantages of the system include;
- Light weight, rust free, aluminium construction, allowing for
ease of handling and minimal maintenance.
- Ergonomic handle, positioned to allow the unit to be easily
handled and fitted by one person.
- Flexible control policy, the “ladder guard” unit
is supplied with a normal padlock key, however they can be
supplied with a padlock with a common key, or a combination lock,
allowing either a restricted or a more general access to
- Fits most ladders, bespoke sizes available upon request.
In addition to bespoke sizes, multzer can
offer to provide the “ladder guard” system
manufactured from alternative materials, for example; powder
coated mild steel or stainless steel for applications, such as
chemical plants, where the use of aluminium is not