The dangers of an irregularly spaced bottom ladder rung

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Fixed ladders that are cut to size with irregular spaces between the bottom rung and the ground are workplace hazards that could lead to serious musculoskeletal injuries, warns WorkSafe.

Fixed ladders that are cut to size with irregular spaces between the bottom rung and the ground are workplace hazards that could lead to serious musculoskeletal injuries, warns WorkSafe. It notes that the rungs or treads of a fixed ladder need to be evenly spaced to avoid trips and slips and potential musculoskeletal injuries. For the same reason, the distance from the bottom rung to the ground should match the spacing between rungs, according to WorkSafe.
Although current Australian Standard AS/NZS1657-1992 states “rung dimensions of all rungs and the distance between rungs in the same ladder shall be uniform and within a tolerance of +5 millimetres”, it doesn’t specify the gap between first rung and the ground.
Until the standard is revised to incorporate this, WorkSafe advises ensuring all spaces between ladder rungs are equal and to make sure this includes the distance between the bottom rung and the base landing without more than a 10 percent deviation compared to the rest of the spaces.

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