Dos and Don ts - Ladder Safety

Dos and Don ts - Ladder safety:

Properly set-up and use the ladder in accordance with safety instructions and warnings. Wear shoes with non-slip soles.

Center body on the ladder and keep belt buckle between the rails while maintaining a firm grip.

Haul materials with a line rather than carry them up an extension ladder. Use extra caution when carrying anything on a ladder.

Climb facing the ladder, move one step at a time and firmly set one foot before moving the other.

Have another person help with a heavy ladder. Have another person hold the ladder while you are working on it.

Move materials with extreme caution so as not to lose balance or tip the ladder.

DON'T stand above the second step from the top of a stepladder or the fourth rung from the top of an extension ladder.

DON'T climb a closed stepladder. DON'T climb on the back of a stepladder. DON'T stand or sit on a stepladder top or pail shelf.

DON'T climb a ladder if you are not physically and mentally up to the task.

DON'T place the base of an extension ladder too close to or too far away from the building.

DON'T over-reach, lean to one side or try to move a ladder while on it. Climb down and then re position the ladder closer to your work.

DON'T exceed the maximum load capacity or duty rating of a ladder. DON’T permit more than one person on a single-sided stepladder or an extension ladder.