BULLET City of St. Louis Department of Personnel Safety and Health Regulations Manual

The City of St. Louis Safety and Health Regulations Manual have been converted to electronic format by the staff of the St. Louis Public Library. This electronic version has been done for the interest and convenience of the user. These are unofficial versions and should be used as unofficial copies.

Official printed copies of the City of St. Louis Safety and Health Regulations Manual may be obtained from the Personnel Officeat 1114 Market Street, Room 703, St. Louis, Missouri 63101.


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 be destroyed.

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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