What is Ladder Safety?

The American Ladder Institute and Little Giant's theme for this week is "What is Ladder Safety?" So, we wanted to talk about it on the blog today. The simplest explanation of ladder safety is using a ladder in a way that will not cause an accident or injury. Now, you may be thinking, it's so simple, and it's also common sense, right? After all, why would anyone use their ladder in an unsafe way? Unfortunately, it's not as simple as it seems. In reality, the execution of ladder safety can be a bit more complicated, especially if you are one of the many people who unknowingly use their ladder in an unsafe manner.

So, in the spirit of spreading awareness, here are a few tips for being safe on your ladder:

Set the Ladder on Firm, Level Ground
Using the ladder on firm, level ground will prevent the ladder from tipping. If the ladder is unlevel, use a ladder leveler to help level it. You can use a ladder with integrated levelers, like the Little Giant Ratchet™ Levelers for extra stability. If the ground is slick, wet or too soft, wait until the conditions become better.

Never Lean or Overreach
Although the natural inclination may be to overreach, if something is too far away, climb down the ladder and move it to where you need to go. Some of the most dangerous ladder-related accidents happen as a result of overreaching.

Be Careful While Climbing
Always be alert while on your ladder. Face the ladder and grip the rungs rather than the side rails. Maintain three points of contact- either two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand. Set your ladder at the correct angle. If using an extension ladder, extend it three feet above the roof or platform you are climbing to. If you need tools, carry them in a tool belt, so your hands are free.

With the right equipment and the right techniques, you can work safer and smarter. For more ladder safety tips, visit Little Giant's safety page.