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Ladder Safety Do's and Don'ts

Posted by Shivi Kakar

May 6, 2015 3:37:00 PM

did_you_know_greenAs easy as it might appear to make use of a ladder, many disabling injuries occur each year as a result of improper utilization of ladders. Understanding the "Do's" and "Don'ts" will allow you to prevent becoming another casualty of falling from a ladder.

Ladder Safety Do's and Don'ts




  • Use a pail or other way to lift items to the task space.
  • Assume the place above the ladder is clear of dangers.
  • Climb down and move the ladder to get appropriate use of the job space. Keep your belt buckle between the side railings.
  • Place a ladder on slick, cluttered, or unstable surfaces such as cartons, carts, tables, etc.
  • Use ladders manufactured from nonconductive substance when working around power lines or alternative electric dangers.
  • Hurry up a ladder to finish a job.
  • Look overhead before putting a ladder, with particular focus on power lines and other electrical dangers.
  • Carry heavy items or tools up the ladder.
  • Face the ladder and always grip the rungs, not the side rails
  • Do not stand higher than the third rung from the top
  • Know how high do you need to reach and how much weight the ladder must hold.
  • Overreach beyond the side railings to run work.


For more information on Ladder Safety, we reccomend downloading our FREE LADDER INSPECTION CHECKLIST!


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