Environmental & Safety Blog
March 28, 2014
Ladder safety is a serious issue. Although we think the usage of a ladder is a basic part of the work environment, failure to observe some basic safety rules can be dangerous or fatal
These simple steps will help to eliminate ladder accidents.
Choose the Right Ladder
• Type I - Industrial: heavy-duty with a load capacity of no more than 250 lbs.
• Type II - Commercial: medium-duty with a load capacity not more than 225 lbs.
• Type III - Household: light-duty with a load capacity of not more than 200 lbs.
Correctly Use the Ladder
• Secure the ladder-properly.
• Make sure ladder extends three feet past the platform being climbed to.
• ALWAYS face the ladder.
• Do not climb higher than the second rung on stepladders or the third rung on straight or extension ladders.
• Hands should be free of material while climbing ladders.
• Utilize the 4-1 ratio.
Visit our Free Resources section of the website, and download the Ladder Safety tool box talk.
As soon as you set foot on the ladder's first rung and pull your body off the ground, gravity works to bring you back to earth. Therefore, it's no surprise that ladder safety begins from the ground up.