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Extension Ladder Safety

  • Do not use ladders near power lines. Keep ladders and other tools at least 10 feet away from power lines.
  • Do not use ladders unless they have been inspected by a trained or competent person.
  • Do not set up or take a ladder down when it is extended.
  • Do not overextend. Maintain minimum overlap of sections.
  • Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
  • Do not climb higher than the fourth rung from the top of a ladder.
  • The ladder should be secured against slipping at both the top and the base of the ladder. Lashing the top of the ladder to the wall is adequate. When the ladder can not be secured at the base an assistant should secure the base of the ladder from slipping.
  • Ensure that the ladder is on firm level surface and both feet are in contact with the ground.
  • Do not extend top section of a ladder from above or by “bouncing” on a ladder.
  • Do not leave ladders unattended.
  • Do not exceed the load rating of the ladder.
  • Check that stiles/rungs/clutch/pulley/rope/guides and feet are in sound condition prior to use. Never use the ladder if any of these parts are missing or damaged.