Safe Working on Ladders (SWOL)

It is not illegal to use a ladder; the only problem with using a ladder is that there is a much higher risk of falling from height and getting injured.

The CTC-SWOL course significantly reduces the risk of falling by using rope access techniques that prevent the user from falling, and certainly prevents them from hitting the ground.

CTC-SWOL makes using a ladder safer and more practical by giving you 3 points of contact and still having 2 hands free to work.

As you can imagine the satellite and cable industry faced a nightmare with the tightening up of the Work at Height Regulations in 2005, their response was to produce guidelines for use of ladders that are readily accepted by the HSE and many other organisations.

This course is based on; “Guidelines on Safe Operating Procedures in the Aerial and Satellite Industry” produced by the Confederation of Aerial Industries Ltd. These are the same techniques used by the likes of Sky and BT, and many other organisations that rely on using ladders as part of their daily work activities.


Aims & Objectives

During the course we will provide each delegate with the knowledge and practical skills to safely use fall prevention equipment to ascend and descend a vertical ladder and linking onto a roof access ladder.

Training Programme

The CTC – SWOL training course covers;

  • Legislation associated; Work at Height Regulations, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations,
  • Risk assessment
  • Avoid, prevent, minimise
  • HSE Guidance, Guidelines on Safe Operating Procedures in the Aerial and Satellite Industry, and industry best practice
  • Ladders; formal and pre-use inspections,
  • Ladders; positioning, securing and stabilising i.e. levellers, standoff brackets
  • Selection, inspection and fitting of harnesses and general fall prevention equipment
  • Setting up fall prevention equipment on existing ladders
  • Working from ladders – three points of contact
  • Accessing a pitched roof – using the system with a roof ladder
  • Unsafe roof areas i.e. verges – recommendations
  • Self rescue

Practical demonstration and individual exercise of the full procedure

  • Practice sessions and tutor assessments


Qualification Information

For those who successfully complete the course, there is a CTC-SWOL certificate that lasts for 3 years, after which candidates must re-sit the course to renew the certificate and keep their qualification up to date. We recommend regular toolbox talk refresher sessions between courses.