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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.