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Using Ladders Safely

By March 5, 2020December 2nd, 2022No Comments

Basic Safety

  • 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.

Step Ladders

  • 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.

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