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Safe use & Care

Workers who use ladders in construction risk permanent injury or death from falls and electrocutions. These hazards can be eliminated or substantially reduced by following good safety practices.

  • Ladders must be handled with care at all times.
  • Observe the manufacturers warnings and instructions.
  • Be sure that all locks on an extension ladder are properly engaged.
  • Ladders are designed and built for a specific use. Read the warning labels and never use the ladder that is not recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Choose the right type of ladder and the correct height for the task at hand.
  • Do not move or shift a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.
  • Always inspect the ladder for damage prior to use.
  • Ladders must be free of any slippery material on the rungs, steps or feet.
  • Do not leave ladders unattended while they are erected.
  • Always wear fully enclosed footwear with slip resistance soles.
  • Avoid using ladders in very wet or windy conditions.
  • Do not exceed the maximum load rating of a ladder. Be aware of the ladder’s load rating and of the weight it is supporting, including the weight of any tools or equipment.
  • A ladder placed in any location where it can be displaced by other work activities must be secured to prevent displacement
  • Avoid setting the ladder near exit doors, near the path of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
  • Never use a ladder that has been damaged or has missing parts.