From falls to electric shock, a ladder can be a risky tool to use. Follow these tips to make sure you use your ladder safely.
Tips for Using Ladders Safely
- Make sure you select the proper ladder for the job.
- Style, Size, Duty Rating, and Material are all important factors.
- Always check overhead clearance before using any ladder.
- Make sure all locks are engaged and the ladder is supported securely at all contact points.
- Wear non-slip shoes. Keep your body centered. Move materials with extreme caution.
- Examine your ladder before every use and especially any moving parts. They can be damaged in transit or storage. Do not use a damaged ladder. Never paint a wooden ladder because paint may hide a structural flaw.
- Overreaching and leaning are falls waiting to happen. Keep your body centered, and never let your belt buckle pass beyond the ladder rail. Always keep one hand on the ladder.
- Do not stand above the highest Safe Standing Level of a ladder. These levels are:
- The second rung from the top of a stepladder,
- The fourth rung from the top of an extension ladder.
Safety standards are established by OSHA, the Occupational Health and Safety Act, and ANSI, the American National Standards Institute.
Always use fiberglass ladders when working with or near electricity.