By: Alison Fong
Do’s and Don’ts
|Do’s (Only use a ladder or stepladder)
· After you have inspected it
· In a safe environment free of clutter
· At a firm level base
· If you can lean at approximately 75 degrees from horizontal
· Where you can maintain 3 points of contact (hands or feet)
· Stay near the middle of the ladder
|Don’ts (On a ladder or stepladder)
· Extend ladders while standing on rungs
· Overload it or carry loads on ladders
· Allow more than one person at one time
· Stand ladders on moveable objects or uneven ground
· Use the top two steps on either an extension ladder or a stepladder
Inspect ladders prior to each use and on a regular basis including, but not limited to the following:
- End caps and feet are in place and in good condition with slip-resistant material.
- Step connections are in good condition without bends or breaks.
- Rungs are tight and in good condition- no bent or missing rungs.
- Warning labels are present and legible.
- Hardware is tight and secure.
- Surfaces are free of grease, oil, rust, or corrosion.
- Side rails are straight and free of cracks, bends, splits, or corrosion.
7 Steps to Extension Ladder Safety
- Extend ladder 3’ above the surface
- Tie off ladder at top
- 3-point contact at all times
- Don’t use if ladder has broken rungs
- For every 4’ in height, put ladder 1’ back
- Secure ladder at bottom
- Never carry tools or materials on ladder