9 Tips to Promote Ladder Safety

Employee with Ladder

Ladders are one of the most common pieces of equipment found in any workplace setting. Yet, many do not realize the risks using a ladder may impose. It is important to remember that they are a safety hazard and should be used with extreme caution. Ladder accidents are common causes of employee injury and workers’ compensation claims, especially from slips and falls! Share these 9 Tips to Promote Ladder Safety with your employees to promote safety-conscious ladder use in the workplace and prevent a possible employee injury. (and a workers’ compensation claim!)

9 Tips to Promote Ladder Safety

  1. Carefully inspect all ladders.
    • Look for any defects such as cracks and rust.
    • Secure all bolts and rivets.
    • Remove unsafe ladders from the workplace.
  2. Check your ladder’s safety rating.
    • Make sure you use a ladder that is rated to support you and whatever you may have with you on the ladder.
    • The rating should be printed on the manufacturer’s label on the side of the ladder.
  3. Never stand on top of a ladder.
  4. When working around electricity use a wooden or fiberglass ladder.
  5. Setting a ladder.
    • Make sure the ladder’s feet work are set flat on the ground and the ladder has slip-resistant pads.
    • Look for a safe location with a firm, level footing and rigid support for the top of the ladder.
    • Be sure to set it at an angle per the manufacturer’s guidance.
  6. Check your surroundings.
    • If you need to set a ladder near a doorway, path or near moving equipment or vehicles, use a helper to guide traffic away from you and the ladder.
  7. When climbing the ladder, use three points of contact.
    • Always keep one hand and both feet or both hands and one foot in contact with the ladder at all times.
    • Never carry any load that prevents you from using three points of contact.
  8. Moving on a ladder.
    • Do not make any sudden moves or lean too far to the side.
    • If your belt buckle is beyond the rail of the ladder you are leaning too far — you need to descend and re-position the ladder.
  9. When climbing off a ladder at an upper level, make sure the ladder extends three feet above the landing.

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