NE/YW Course page 2 | Industrial & Construction Safety Solutions

INDUSTRIAL & CONSTRUCTION
SAFETY TRAINING,
CONSULTING & HUMAN
RESOURCE SERVICES

   

Ladder Safety Training

Placement

  • Use the “4 to 1” ratio
  • Inspect prior to use
  • Place on level surfaces
  • Secure in place
  • Ensure fully opened
  • Look for warning labels
  • Ensure area around ladder is free from additional hazards
  • Do not use a ladder in place of scaffolding

Use

  • Always face the ladder when ascending or descending
  • Use both hands going up/down
  • Carry tools on a tool belt
  • Never stand on top 2 rungs
  • Never sit on top of a stepladder
  • Move the ladder to avoid overreaching
  • Check shoes to ensure they are free of mud and grease

Portable Wood Ladders

All wood ladders shall be free of:

  • Splinters
  • Sharp edges
  • Compression failures
  • Decay
  • Other irregularities

Step ladders shall have a metal spreader or locking device of sufficient strength and size to hold the front and back when open. Wood ladders shall not be painted except for identification markings.

Portable Metal Ladders

  • Inspect ladders immediately when dropped or tipped over.
  • Metal ladders shall not be used for electrical work nor in areas where they could contact energized wiring, circuits, or equipment.

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