Ladder Safety #2 – Tool Box Talk
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.
- 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!