- Always inspect the ladder before each use. Never used a damaged ladder.
- Chose the proper ladder for the type of work to be done.
- Make certain the ladder is able to carry the amount of weight that will be applied.
- All ladders must be on a solid, level surface.
- Place the stepladder on a level, solid surface.
- Make certain the spreader is locked in place prior to climbing.
- Do not stand on the top platform or top step.
- Never use the bucket support as a step.
Straight and Extension Ladders
- Face the ladder when climbing up or down, and use two hands.
- Make sure the soles of your shoes or work boots are dry and clean.
- For every four feet of rise, the base of the ladder should be one foot away from the object that the top of the ladder is resting.
- Only one person on a ladder at a time.
- Be very careful if using a metal ladder around electrical wires.
- A good rule is to never stand on the top three rungs of a straight or extension ladder.
- If using a metal ladder, there should be safety feet attached.
- Never use ladders in a strong wind.
- Finally, ladders should be stored in a sheltered area. Straight or extension ladders should be stored horizontally, and step ladders should be closed.