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An access tower is an effective and efficient method of working and is one what to prevent a fall when working at height. The type of access tower selected must be suitable for the work and must comply with SANS51004. This covers mobile access and working towers, made of prefabricated elements, to a height of 8m when used outdoors and 12 meters when used indoors. This is due mainly to potential wind factors that could be exerted onto the tower. The standard covers:

  • Material dimensions
  • Design loads
  • Safety & Performance requirements

Access Towers are predominantly made of aluminium bot other composite towers can now be found in the market. All towers must be erected of dismantled by people who have been trained and are competent to do so. Those using access towers should also be trained in the potential danger and precautions required during use.

Access tower, provision and use, must be properly managed and include rigorous inspection arrangements, Key issues with towers are:

  • Erection and dismantling
  • Stability
  • Precautions and inspection


Safe use of ladders and step ladders.

Ladders can be a sensible and practical option for low-risk, short duration and light tasks even though they may not automatically be your first choice. The overriding principles are to be sure you use the right type of ladder and to know and follow the instructions on how to use it safely.

Ladders and Step ladders are covered in the General Safety Regulations 13A1-6 of the act. The entire section of the act needs to be read before implementation to ensure it is not misunderstood or not applied. The section on the use of 9m ladders, fixed ladders and extension ladder should specifically be consulted.

When selecting a training provider we recommend the following;

  • That the Provider is accredited, with the relevant SETA, to provide training covering the qualifications required.
  • That the Assessors and Moderators are registered constituent members of that SETA.
  • That the Training Provider is recognizing the relevant Professional Body for the industry.
  • That the Professional Body is registered with SAQA.

For more information contact the office for detail regarding the Working at Height Guidelines.