Access equipment, such as the widely used stepladder, must be used carefully and kept in good working order to ensure safety on building sites. In its new site safety handbook, Applying Safe Work Practise in the Building Environment, the Gauteng Master Builders Association (GMBA) warns that the vast majority of serious construction-related injuries are caused by falls from heights which are frequently the result of using unsafe access equipment or unsafe access methods. Stepladders, often taken for granted on building sites, can hold hidden dangers. The GMBA advises that ladders must be constructed from sound materials and suitable for the purpose for which they are being used. “Inspection intervals to check the integrity of the ladder must be determined according to the environment in which the ladder is being used and the purpose for which it is being used,” the handbook says.