Ladder Safety

  • Always maintain a 3-point (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) contact on the ladder when climbing. Keep your body near the middle of the step and always face the ladder while climbing.
  • Do not over stretch or climb from one ladder to another.
  • Only use ladders and appropriate accessories for their designed purposes.
  • Do not use a self-supporting ladder (e.g., step ladder) as a single ladder or in a partially closed position.
  • Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder as a step/rung unless it was designed for that purpose.
  • Use a ladder only on a stable and level surface, unless it has been secured (top or bottom) to prevent displacement.
  • Do not place a ladder on any unstable bases to obtain additional height.
  • Do not move or shift a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.
  • An extension or straight ladder used to access an elevated surface must extend at least 3 feet above the point of support. Do not stand on the three top rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.
  • The proper angle for setting up a ladder is to place its base a quarter of the working length of the ladder from the wall or other vertical surface.
  • A ladder placed in any location where it can be displaced by other work activities must be secured to prevent displacement or a barricade must be erected to keep traffic away from the ladder.
  • Be sure that all locks and hinges are properly engaged and secure.
  • Do not exceed the maximum load rating of a ladder. Be aware of the ladder’s load rating and of the weight it is supporting, including the weight of any tools or equipment.
  • Do not use the ladder in high winds.
  • Always inspect the ladder prior to using it. If the ladder is damaged, it must not be used and must be replaced.
  • Do not make any temporary repairs to the ladder or its parts.
  • Ladders must be free of any slippery material on the rungs, steps or feet.
  • Ensure that all rivets, nuts, bolts, rungs, feet and joints are secure.
  • Ensure that the ladder is clean and free from any slippery materials
  • This ladder conducts electricity. Avoid electrical hazards! – Look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder. Avoid using a metal ladder near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment.
  • Do not use ladders if you are accustomed to fainting spells or are using medicine.
  • Do not use ladders if you are under the influence of alcohol
  • Do not leave ladders erect or unattended near children
  • Ladders must be kept in a safe and dry place.
  • It must be kept clean and free of any foreign objects.
  • Lubricate hinges regularly