Ladder Safety Basics

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Following a few basic guidelines of proper ladder use and safety are the first step in preventing injuries.


A few tips include:

  • Use the appropriate ladder for the job.
  • Inspect the ladder for defects before using.
  • Check to see if fall protection is needed.
  • Place on a stable and level ground.
  • Assure that load capacity is not exceeded.
  • Use three points of contact while on the ladder.
  • If a ladder is used to access an upper landing, the side rails must extend three feet beyond the upper landing.
  • Place the ladder so that the horizontal distance from the top of the ladder to its base is approximately one-fourth of the working length of the ladder.

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