Ladders

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Safety

  • Before using a ladder, visually inspect it.  Defective ladders shall not be used and shall be removed from service and tagged or disgarded.
  • When working on a ladder, both feet should be kept on the rungs.
  • Single and ectending ladders should be equipped with anti-slip safety feet.
  • Ladders should be set at the correct angle.  The base should be out one quarter the distance of the height and never less than 3 feet from the wall or structure.
  • Ladders shall be on a firm base and against a non moving object.
  • Allow only one person at a time on a ladder.
  • Someone should steady the ladder, if needed.
  • When ascending or desending, always face the ladder and have both hands free for climbing.
  • When climbing the ladder tools should be carried in a belt or raised or lowered by rope. 
  • Long reaches should be avoided, move the ladder first so as to keep hips between the ladder side rails.
  • Never climb a ladder or extension ladder higher than the third rung from the top, second rung from the top of step ladders.
  • When working on or near electrical equipment, never use metal latters.
  • Never place a ladder in front of a door unless the door is locked, blocked, or guarded.
  • Wood ladders should never be painted.  Paint covers cracks and defects.