Because ladders are tools, most basic safety rules that apply to other tools will also apply to ladders. Below are some of the many safety considerations to keep in mind when using ladders.
- If for any reason you believe you may lose your balance, stay off the ladder.
- Ladders should not be used in high winds or storms.
- Wear clean slip-resistant shoes while avoiding leather soles which are not appropriate for ladders because they are not slip resistant.
- Before using a ladder, confirm it is in good working condition.
- ALWAYS select the right ladder for the job.
- Verify the weight capacity of the ladder is greater than the total weight of the climber, tools, supplies and other objects placed upon the ladder.
- NEVER stand on the top rung or step.
- The ladder must be placed on firm level ground and without any type of slippery condition present at either the base or top support points.
- Unless the ladder is specifically designed for more than one climber, only one person at a time is permitted on a ladder.
- If the ladder is placed near a door, the door must be blocked open, locked, or guarded.
- Clean the soles of your shoes to maximize traction; Climb slowly and deliberately while avoiding sudden movements.
- NEVER attempt to move a ladder while standing on it.
- Keep your center of gravity between the ladder side rails when climbing, descending and working.
- DO NOT overreach or lean while working or you may fall off the ladder or pull the ladder over while standing on it.
- Read the safety information include with the ladder.
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