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 ladderâ€™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.