- Often the use of ladders is viewed as a simple task which we perform almost daily.
However, you must realize, that by observing some basic safety hints, you may prevent a
fall, which could injure, or even disable you, or a fellow worker.
- Before using any ladder, always check the entire ladder for cracks, breaks, loose nuts
and bolts, broken rungs, or other defects.
- Ladders must always be set on a firm, level surface, prior to use.
- Climb one step at a time.
- Use both hands while climbing the ladder.
- Ladder manufacturers recommend we use the following safe climbing method; left foot up,
left hand up, right foot up, right hand up, and the same method coming down a ladder.
- Always ascend, and descend, while facing the ladder.
- Never overextend your reach from the side of the ladder.
- Never throw tools to a person on a ladder, or drop tools from the ladder.
- Straight ladders must have a non-slip base, consisting of shoes, and/or spikes, on the
bottom of the ladder. If these are not available, someone should hold the ladder at the
bottom, and the top must be tied off.
- Do not use a ladder which has been painted. The steps, or rungs, may become slippery,
creating a fall hazard.
- Damaged ladders must be repaired to comply with the manufacturers specification. If a
ladder cannot be properly repaired to its original specifications, it must be turned in to
- Straight ladders should be placed at an angle where the distance between the bottom of
the ladder, and the vertical support, is one/fourth of the spans.
- When using a ladder in an area containing vehicle, or pedestrian traffic, always place
highly visible traffic control devices, and ensure there is a second employee stationed at
the foot of the ladder, to divert traffic, or pedestrian flow.
- All ladders must meet the specifications of the ANSI standard which regulates the type
of ladder being used. For example; wood, metal, or fixed.
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