Safe-D: Six Ladder Climbing Tips

Ladders are such common everyday tools that many workers take them for granted. Ladder injuries can easily be avoided by remembering there is a right way and a wrong way to use a ladder. 

6 Tips to Use a Ladder Safely
  1. Properly set-up and use the ladder in accordance with safety instructions and warnings. Wear shoes with non-slip soles.
    DON’T stand above the second step from the top of a stepladder or the fourth rung from the top of an extension ladder.
  2. Center body on the ladder and keep belt buckle between the rails while maintaining a firm grip.
    DON’T climb a closed stepladder.
    DON’T climb on the back of a stepladder.
    DON’T stand or sit on a stepladder top or pail shelf.
  3. Climb facing the ladder, move one step at a time and firmly set one foot before moving the other.
    DON’T climb a ladder if you are not physically and mentally up to the task.
  4. Haul materials with a line rather than carry them up an extension ladder. Use extra caution when carrying anything on a ladder.
    DON’T place the base of an extension ladder too close to or too far away from the building.
  5. Have another person help with a heavy ladder. Have another person hold the ladder while you are working on it.
    DON’T over-reach, lean to one side or try to move a ladder while on it. Climb down and then re-position the ladder closer to your work.
  6. Move materials with extreme caution so as not to lose balance or tip the ladder
    DON’T exceed the maximum load capacity or duty rating of a ladder.
    DON’T permit more than one person on a single-sided stepladder or an extension ladder.