The Myth. Ladders and stepladders are banned
The Reality: Neither ladders nor stepladders are banned. For straightforward short duration work they can be a good option, but you wouldn’t want to be wobbling about on them doing complex tasks for long periods. A large number of workers are seriously injured or killed using ladders and stepladders each year.
Yes – the HSE want people to use the right equipment for the job.
Yes – there are some common-sense rules for using them safely.
No – they are not banned.