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Ladders


Ladder Safety Tips
  • Don’t climb too high. The ladder should extend about 3 feet above the working surface when in use. Stepladders should be high enough for the user not to have to stand above the second step from the top.
  • For extension ladders, the user should stand no more than four rungs from the top. The base of the ladder should be one-fourth the distance from the top support of the ladder to its bottom support.
  • Always inspect the ladder. Check the ladder for any loose or missing parts, clean off any mud or debris that might have accumulated on the ladder, and never use ladders with structural defects. Use the ladder only for the purpose for which it was designed (refer to manufacturer’s labeling and recommendations).
  • Properly stabilize the ladder. Every ladder should be placed on a firm, level surface. Never place a ladder on ground that is uneven without a ladder leveler. Always engage the ladder locks or braces before climbing the ladder.
  • Face the ladder when climbing up or down. Your body should be centered between the side rails. Maintain a firm grip and use both hands when climbing. Do not climb onto the ladder from the side.
  • Keep your ladder within reach of the job at hand. Position the ladder closest to your job and step off the ladder to reposition to your job. Don’t compromise your balance by extending your reach beyond the ladder.
  • Transport the ladder properly. Carry ladders parallel to the ground and tie ladders down securely when transporting.
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