Ladder Safety – Safety Topic

Ladder Safety – Safety Topic


Ladder Safety:

Do’s and Dont’s of Ladder Climbing

Smart ladder users are safe climbers. Ladders are such common everyday tools that many or us take them for granted. As you review the safety guidelines below, its east to say: “I know that, it’s just common sense.” But remember our goal is to prevent injuries and a ladder injury can be avoided if we think before we act and use ladders correctly. Ladder related injuries are preventable, just take time to think before climbing – whether at work or at home.

The Do’s The Dont’s
DO 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.
DO haul materials with a line rather than carry them up an extension ladder. DON’T climb a ladder if you are not physically and metally up to the task.
DO center your body on the ladder and keep your belt buckle between the rails while maintaining a firm grip. DON’T climb a closed stepladder. DON’T stand or sit on a stepladder top or pail shelf.
DO climb facing the ladder, move one step at a time and firmly set one foot before moving the other. Maintain three points of contract. DON’T place the base of an extension ladder too close to or too far away from building.
DO have another person help with a heavy ladder. Ask someone to hold the ladder while you are working on it. DON’T overreach, lean to one side or try to move a ladder while on it. Climb down and reposition the ladder.
DO move materials with extreme caution so as not to lose the balance or tip the ladder. DON’T exceed the maximum load capacity or duty rating of the ladder. DON’T permit more than one person on any ladder.

Adapted from: Ladder Safety Tips, DOs and DON’Ts

Think SAFE, Be SAFE, Be Ladder SAFE