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Safety Spotlight - Ladder Safety

By Risk Management

November 20, 2019 - 09:12 PM

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Ladder Safety

As the holidays approach, ladders become an essential tool in decorating our homes, classrooms and work areas. Falls are one of the leading causes of injuries and-or death in the workplace. Most falls are attributed to improper usage as opposed to malfunctioning equipment. Injuries from falls can be easily be avoided with proper inspections, set-up, use, and storage practices.

Inspection

  • Inspect ladders prior to use. Look for cracks, bends, damaged footings, or spreaders.
  • Ladders should be stable, not wobbly.
  • Warning signs and labels should be legible and not painted over.
  • If the ladder is deemed unfit for use, the ladder should be discarded and replaced.

Set-Up

  • ALWAYS maintain 3-points of contact with the ladder - 2 hands + 1 foot or 2 feet + 1 hand.
  • ALWAYS follow the Belt Buckle rule: keep belt buckle within the sides of the ladder.
  • NEVER use a metal ladder for electrical work (i.e. installing or changing lights). Select a wood or fiberglass ladder instead.
  • NEVER extend or reach beyond the sides of the ladder.
  • NEVER use the top step of the ladder.
  • NEVER exceed the maximum load rating of the ladder.

Storage

  • Store ladders out of direct sunlight and moisture to prevent warping.
  • Store ladders in secure locations where only authorized individuals have access.

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