Working Safely With Ladders

Here are some basic ladder safety rules from a blog post from SafeStart, a company that creates safety training: Here are a couple of tips from their site:
  • Use ladders only for their designed purpose
  • Use the right type of ladder for the job
  • Read the information on the label and double-check the ladder’s Duty Rating
  • Inspect the ladder for any damage
  • Delay your plans if you’re dizzy or fatigued
  • Make sure the climbing and gripping surfaces are clean and free of oil, grease, and other slip hazards
  • Make sure that your shoes are clean of any substances which could cause you to slip
  • Use the ladder at a correct angle and make sure it’s secured
  • Make sure you use your ladder on firm and level surfaces
  • Protect your ladder at the base to prevent people or objects bumping into it
  • Maintain three points of contact
  • Do not carry objects that could cause loss of balance
Safety guidelines are simple which often results in them getting ignored. Here's a great quote from the ladder safety post: "Ladder safety habits need to be carried everywhere too. Ladders are one of those pieces of equipment that are used at work and at home. Even though the same rules and risks apply both on and off the job, it can be easy to forego or forget workplace procedures when nobody is watching or the perception of risk changes in a more comfortable home environment." Take the time to train your employees on how to use their ladders safely. For more tips, check out this article.