SERIOUS ABOUT LADDER SAFETY

Even the simplest, everyday tool can be dangerous when misused. Although seemingly harmless, there is an everyday tool on our job sites and sitting in our garages that causes more deaths than sharks, tigers, chainsaws and even plane crashes combined – ladders.

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MOST COMMON LADDER ACCIDENTS
REPEATED HANDLING OF HEAVY, OUTDATED LADDERS

The Safety Problem

Carrying heavy ladders, especially over long periods of time, puts a strain on your body, commonly causing injuries to your back, neck and shoulders.

The Ladder Safety Solution

A lightweight, easily transportable ladder. Little Giant engineers its ladders to be the lightest industrial-grade ladders in the world.
Using materials like aluminum and fiberglass, you can count on your ladder to be light enough to transport, yet sturdy enough to rely on.
Additionally, many of our ladders come with Tip & Glide™ wheels or wheel-lift casters that make transportation even easier.

USING THE WRONG LADDER FOR THE JOB

The Safety Problem

Every job site has differing terrain and your ladder should match the terrain of the site. You wouldn't use a small step stool to reach a high ceiling, and you wouldn't use a 20' extension ladder to reach a standard doorframe.

The Ladder Safety Solution

If you’re dealing with unlevel round, you need a ladder with leg levelers. Working around electricity? You need a non-conductive fiberglass ladder. High ceilings? You need a ladder that allows you to reach your work.

USING THE RIGHT LADDER THE WRONG WAY

The Safety Problem

Having the right ladder for the task at hand isn't enough if you don't know how to use it properly. There's a right and wrong way to use every ladder. Knowing the safe, right way to use the ladder could mean all the difference to your safety.

The Ladder Safety Solution

Proper training. Whenever you work with a new ladder, it is important to take the time to familiarize yourself with it, so you can work safely and without incident. Little Giant frequently publishes ladder safety content on our site, YouTube and on our social media outlets. Need specific information about the ladder you are using? Use your phone to scan the QR code on the rails of your ladder to access your ladder's safety manual.

FACING YOUR WORK

The Safety Problem

When working on a ladder, you want to be able to fully face your work, rather than twisting or working at an angle. With the wrong ladder, this inevitably leads to unsafe ladder usage.

The Ladder Safety Solution

You need a ladder that lets you face your work with ease. Get closer to your work with one of our OSHA-certified leaning ladders, like the King Kombo™ or Sentinel™. Many of our multi-position ladders can be set
up in 90-degree configurations, so you can face your work head-on; and if you want to be extra comfortable while facing your work, use one of our stepladders with a standing platform.

OVERREACHING

The Safety Problem

When you're at the top of a ladder and something is out of reach, the natural inclination is to overreach, rather than climb down and reset the ladder. However, overreaching causes ladders to shift and destabilize. A fall like this, especially from an extension ladder, is the leading cause of ladder-related fatalities.

The Ladder Safety Solution

Increased side-tip stability. Many of our ladders have a wide-flared base or deployable outriggers that keep your ladder centered. With alternative climbing solutions, like our Safety Cage®, you can safely work at heights in a fully enclosed platform without needing to tie-off. Accessories like the AirDeck® and the Safety Rails™ can decrease sensations of vertigo and keep you centered on the ladder."

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FIND THE RIGHT, SAFE LADDER

Our professional climbing equipment is specifically designed to help you avoid injuries as well as OSHA safety citations. If you want to learn more about ladder safety, we recommend checking out our YouTube channel, where we frequently post demos and other safety how-to videos, so you
can stay up-to-date with the latest from Little Giant.

FIND YOU LADDER