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Safety Focus of Week May 27 - Ladder Safety< Back to Blog

May 27, 2019
By: J. Bravo
Categories: Safety


All you DIY’s that do home repairs, decorations, etc.  Ladder safety at home is a thing to remember.  Here are some safety tips when using a ladder at home:

  • Carefully inspect the ladder for defects, checking for cracks, corrosion and that bolts and rivets are secure. Tag and remove unsafe ladders from service.
  • Make sure the ladder's feet work properly and have slip-resistant pads.
  • Use a fiberglass ladder if there is any chance of contact with electricity.
  • When setting the ladder, look for a safe location with firm, level footing and rigid support for the top of the ladder. Be sure to set it at an angle per the manufacturer's guidance.
  • When climbing off a ladder at an upper level, make sure the ladder extends 3 feet above the landing.
  • When climbing the ladder, use three points of contact — keep 1 hand and both feet or both hands and 1 foot in contact with the ladder at all times.
  • Never carry any load that could cause you to lose balance.
  • Never stand on top of a ladder.
  • Don't pull, lean, stretch or make sudden moves on a ladder that could cause it to tip over. A scaffold or other safe working surface may be a better choice for your task.
  • Avoid setting the ladder near exit doors, near the path of pedestrian.


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