However, HSE have recently issued guidance on the need to keep three points of contact when using the stepladder.
I suspect all of us who have used a stepladder have at some time or other lifted one foot up as we reach across to do a little more work at a distance from the ladder. This is highlighted by HSE as a dangerous practice due to the inherent instability of the body when in such a position. Further guidance on use of stepladders is included on the HSE website.
The latest figures for HSE show 46 people died and 3,351 suffered major injury during 2005/2006 as a result of falls from height at work.