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DONLEY’S POLICY IS:
WHEREVER THERE IS A POINT OF ACCESS WITH A BREAK IN ELEVATION OF 19 INCHES OR MORE, PROVIDE STAIRWAY; LADDER; RAMP; RUNWAY; EMBANKMENT; OR PERSONNEL HOIST

USING A LADDER

  • Always face a ladder when using it.
  • Use at least one hand to grasp the ladder when ascending / descending.
  • Do not carry any object or load that could cause you to lose balance and fall.
  • Wear shoes with slip-resistant soles.

INSPECTING A LADDER

  • If ladder is damaged, tag it “Do not use”, and remove until fixed. Destroy if it can’t be fixed.
  • Here is a checklist for inspecting ladders:
    • All bolts and rivets should be secure.
    • All rung locks and other movable parts should be oiled or greased.
  • Make sure steps, rungs and other parts are free of oil, grease, and other materials.

STEPLADDERS

  • All four legs must be on solid, level ground.
  • The spreaders must be locked fully open.
  • Never climb on the cross-bracing. Never lean a stepladder against a wall.
  • The top or top step of a stepladder must not be used as a step.

STRAIGHT AND EXTENSION LADDERS

  • Use at a 4:1 angle. Job-made ladders with spliced side rails must
    use an 8:1 angle.
  • When used for access, side rails must extend ≥ 3 feet above surface
    and be secured.
  • Once set-up, lock the top section in place.
  • Both rails must rest evenly on the resting spot.
  • Never work from any of the top 3 steps.
  • Lower the top section of an extension ladder before you move it.
  • Stops on top section ensure it will not fall; on bottom section ensure proper overlap. The sliding section (“fly”) must overlap the bottom section ("base") by at least:




SAFETY REMINDER - ALWAYS INSPECT A LADDER BEFORE USE!

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