Height Safety Engineers

How To Use A Roof Ladder: 10 Essential Safety Tips

Whether you’re using your ladder around the home or on a worksite, it’s important that safe use of the ladder is being conducted at all times. Follow these 10 essential safety tips for using a roof ladder, so that you and your workmates can make it home safely.

How To Safely Use A Roof Ladder

  1. Choose an appropriate ladder for the job. When working on top of a single story roof an extension ladder is recommended. Before you start the job, ensure that your ladder is in good working condition and not damaged in any way. Your ladder should meet Australian standards and the load requirements of the job. Need a new ladder? At Anchored, we have all types of roof access ladders that will suit a number of applications.
  2. Check the working load limit. The working load limit on your ladder includes the weight of the user and anything they carry. Never exceed this weight limit.
  3. Check for surrounding hazards. When setting up your ladder, ensure you check there are no hazards around such as power lines or doorways. Also, check that the ground is level and the ladder isn’t placed on anything that may slip while in use.
  4. Use the 4:1 ratio rule. When placing your ladder use the 4 to 1 ratio rule; this means that for every 4m of height you climb, move the base of the ladder out 1m from the structure.
  5. Secure the ladder. When using an extension ladder, secure the ladder at the bottom or have someone hold the bottom of the ladder for you whilst you climb up the ladder and secure the top with rope.
  6. Easy access points. If you’re on a worksite, ensure there is an approved height safety access point setup and that the ladder extends 900mm beyond the step-up point (1m in some states, check with your relevant authority) making it easy to move from the ladder to the roof.
  7. One person at a time. Make sure only one person uses the ladder at any time.
  8. Three points of contact. When using the ladder maintain 3 points of contact at all times. This means you should have one hand and two feet or two hands and one foot on the ladder at all times.
  9. Don’t stand at the top of the ladder. When working from the ladder remain at least 900mm below the top of the ladder. It’s recommended that you don’t stand on the top 3 rungs of the ladder.
  10. Never lean or reach away from the ladder. A good guide for this is to work with your belt buckle between the 2 ladder stiles. This will help you to keep your centre of balance near the ladder and avoid overbalancing.

At Anchored, we offer custom-designed roof access ladders to meet all of your site requirements. Every access ladder manufactured by Anchored is compliant with the Australian Standard AS1657-2013. We also have a variety of optional extras to increase your ladder’s safety measures, such as lockable doors and gates to prevent unauthorised access. Get in touch today on (03) 9555 3586 to find out more about our Roof Access Ladders.

How can safety equipment save construction workers?

It’s no secret that construction work has a tonne of risks involved with it. One risk in particular is working at heights. When work is being conducted at a height of 2 metres or more, this is considered high-risk construction work.

The main risk when working at heights is a fall, some of which result in injuries or even fatalities. Between 1st January 2003 and 31st December 2015, 359 workers were killed following a fall from a height, with half of these falls involving falling only three metres or less (safeworkaustralia.gov.au).

This is an astounding number of falls which could have been potentially avoided with proper fall prevention devices and height safety equipment.

Eliminating work that involves heights is of course the most effective way to prevent a fall, however, sometimes it is an unavoidable task on a construction site. Below we will outline some tactics for managing and minimising the risk of falls.

Identify potential fall hazards

Conduct inspections of the worksite to check for potential hazards that could lead to workers falling. Check for common fall risks, such as:

  •   Fragile, sloping, slippery or unstable surfaces
  •   Elevated work equipment like scaffolding, platforms or ladders
  •   Unprotected ledges
  •   Uncovered manholes or shafts that a worker could fall into
  •   Check equipment, such as anchor points and static lines are in perfect working order.

Reviewing any available incident records could also help identify problem areas on the worksite.

Implement and maintain control measures

Once you’ve identified your hazards, create solutions such procedures and control measures. In order to keep you and your workers safe you must ensure that the control measures you’ve implemented remain effective, otherwise you may need to revise them. This involves ensuring that the control measures are suitable for the purpose; appropriate for the type and duration of the work; and are installed and operated correctly.

Fall prevention devices and fall-arrest systems

A fall prevention device is a temporary installation for working at heights. Once set up it doesn’t require any further adjustment by workers. Fall prevention devices include:

  •   Scaffolding and suspended scaffolds
  •   Elevated work platforms, such as a cherry picker or boom lift
  •   Mast climbing work platforms
  •   Trestle ladder scaffolds, and a number of other devices.

Fall-arrest systems are different, as they are used to control and reduce the impact of any falls that may occur. These systems are typically used if the aforementioned prevention devices and other safety methods may not be fully effective in preventing a fall. Fall-arrest equipment might include:

  •   Catch platforms
  •   Industrial safety nets
  •   Individual fall arrest systems, such as static lines, anchor points or rigid rail systems.

Appropriate signage

Never underestimate the usage of some simple but effective warning signs. Having signage around potential hazards and risk areas can flag danger areas, keeping you and your workers safe.

For further information on managing the risk of falls, Safe Work Australia provides a comprehensive guide online.

It may seem like a complex task, but when executed properly fall prevention procedures and height safety equipment can save construction workers’ lives.

At Anchored, your safety is our priority. What are you waiting for? Call us now on 03 9555 3586 to get a quote.

Altona project

Altona – New Development

Altona – New Development

This was great project for one of our large commercial/industrial builders.

We installed 3 ladders and a pull down access ladder to provide the client with access from the office to the main building roof and access to the two canopies at each side of the development.

  • All ladders were installed to Australian Standards using Sayfa products.
  • We installed a pull down ladder which gives you access from the office to the office roof.
  • Around the roof hatch, we installed a 3 sided handrail for protection around the roof hatch.
  • We always work closely with the builder to ensure a speedy installation


Melbourne Project

Melbourne Project

Melbourne Project

This project was for a very large client that wishes to remain private. The client does not allow photos generally but we were granted approval on the basis that we only photographed our work.

We erected handrail edge protection to protect the workers while at heights. This is the best form of protection as it’s eliminates the risk of falling by removing the live edge.

It’s always important to be careful when working near an edge regardless of handrail. We always recommend checking all handrails regularly to ensure its integrity has not been compromised.

The workers and maintenance contractors would normally have to use a full body harness and anchor points. But by providing them with the handrail they can now access the area without the need to put on harnesses.


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Moorabbin Project

Moorabbin Project

For this project we worked with Qanstruct to deliver a high quality safety system. We installed:

  • roof access system with a 9.6m ladder with fall arrest line to protect the user when climbing the ladder.
  • 2x 4.5m caged ladders set at 70 degrees.
  • We also put handrails and anchor points to keep the various trades safe while on the roof.
  • Using signs we clearly marked where the no go zones are to further point out the dangers to the trades people while working at heights.

The client was happy with the install and professionalism of Anchored. As such we continue to do projects together.

If you want further information on this job or any others please don’t hesitate to get in touch.


Drummond ST Project

Drummond ST Project

This job we worked closely with Sayfa to deliver the client a Safe Working Solution for this high quality renovation. The building has heritage status so we needed to be selective about the visual aesthetics of the products used. 

We used ladder brackets to gain access to the roof via a portable ladder with an Anchor point and a Strop sometimes called First Man Line. This enables the user to attach to the Strop with his/her harness before stepping onto the roof. 

Static lines were used to make it easy to move across the roof with out having to disconnect from the line. 

Small ladders and platforms were used to ensure safe access and egress from the different levels on the roof.

If you have any questions about this project or others please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 


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Metro Rail Tunnel Project – Safety Cage Fabrication

Metro Rail Tunnel Project – Safety Cage Fabrication

We recently received contact from The Melbourne Rail Tunnel, one of Australia’s biggest projects, requesting to install safety cages. The Melbourne Rail Tunnel required safety cages to be fitted on to their plant equipment in order to ensure workers are not at risk when using the equipment.

Ensuring safety for workers – Our motto at Anchored is no one plans to fall, and providing a safe environment for our clients is our number one priority. The main objective for the Melbourne Rail Tunnel project was to eliminate the fall risk when accessing the upper level of the crane and piling equipment. Workers at the Melbourne Rail Tunnel were previously at risk of falling while working on cranes or other piling equipment. It was necessary to install safety cages to ensure that workers were not at risk while on the job.

We were able to complete the work while the plant was at rest, so the team were not disturbed during the time we were installing the safety cages. This level of collaboration is what we love to achieve with our clients, as it results in high satisfaction from all parties. Our team was able to get to work immediately after the initial call, where we began designing and fabricating the materials right away. The site safety team were very impressed with the turnaround of the work, from the first call to the completion of the project. This was very important to us, as we believe it is of the utmost importance to deliver a job to the satisfaction of our clients every single time.


Safe Working Platform – Elevated Walkway System

Safe Working Platform – Elevated Walkway System

Improving worker conditions, we were approached by a client who was looking to improve the conditions for their staff who were working at heights. At Anchored, we take worker safety and eliminating fall risks very seriously. Our motto is ‘no one plans to fall. We knew we were the right team for the job, and could provide safety equipment and peace of mind for this client.

Providing safety and practicality – Height safety is a vital aspect of occupational health and safety in the workplace, so we were tasked with working out a system that would provide safety for the client’s workers every day. We also wanted this roof platform system to be practical and easy to use on a daily basis. We came up with a custom design for the client that had top safety features, yet did not require sacrificing too much floor space. At Anchored we recognise that there is no one-size-fits-all build. We know the importance of designing and building custom setups that suit the needs of our individual clients. This ensures the client gets the best product for their needs.

We carried out our installation on the weekend as to not disturb the daily workings of our client, and were able to finish installation in a timely manner. The client was pleased that we were able to accommodate them in this way. At Anchored, we always try our best to accommodate our clients and minimise the time we are disturbing their daily activities, as we recognise how important it is for businesses to continue productivity.



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