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LADDER SAFETY TIPS

Ladders are common everyday tools that many workers take for granted. As you read the safety guidelines, you may say: “I know that, that’s just plain common sense.” You can avoid a ladder injury if you think before you act and use ladders correctly. Your work will be easier and more productive, too. Most ladder related injuries are preventable, if you think before you climb.

THE "RIGHT" WAY TO USE A LADDER

THE "WRONG" WAY TO USE A LADDER

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Properly set-up and use the ladder in accordance with safety instructions and warnings. Wear shoes with non-slip soles.

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Center body on the ladder and keep belt buckle between the rails while maintaining a firm grip.

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DON'T stand above the second step from the top of a stepladder or the fourth rung from the top of an extension ladder.

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DON'T climb on the back of a stepladder. DON'T stand or sit on a stepladder top or pail shelf.

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Haul materials with a line rather than carry them up an extension ladder. Use extra caution when carrying anything on a ladder.

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Climb facing the ladder, move one step at a time and firmly set one foot before moving the other.

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DON'T climb a ladder if you are not physically and mentally up to the task.

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DON'T climb a closed ladder, it may slip out from under you.

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Have another person help with a heavy ladder. Have another person hold the ladder while you are working on it.

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Move materials with extreme caution. Be careful pushing or pulling anything while on a ladder. You may lose your balance or tip the ladder.

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DON'T over-reach, lean to one side or try to move a ladder while on it. Climb down and then reposition the ladder closer to your work.

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DON'T exceed the maximum load capacity or duty rating of a ladder. DON’T permit more than one person on a single-sided stepladder or an extension ladder.