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The ladder is one
of the most frequently used pieces of equipment on the job.
They are also a tool that we use improperly and leads to many severe
injuries. Major factors
contributing to ladder accidents are:
Climbing or descending improperly
Failing to secure or tie-off the ladder at the top or failure to
secure the ladder at the bottom
Using broken or damaged ladders
Carrying objects while climbing or descending.
commercial ladders are constructed properly and of sound material.
However, after they have been in use for some time, they are often
damaged by rough handling, being struck by heavy objects, and other causes.
Failure to report a defect on the part of anyone using a damaged ladder
may cause serious injury.
safety rules for ladders:
You will hear many
arguments about the best way to climb a ladder.
Many people say, "Use the hands on the rungs."
Others say "Grip the side rails."
Everyone agrees that either method is fine, as long as you use BOTH
Too often, ladders
are not secured either at the top or at the bottom.
It takes only a few minutes to tie off a ladder.
Set ladders at the proper angle. Ladders
should be set at a 1 to 4 pitch (That's
1 foot out for each 4 feet of height.)
Ladders must be long enough to extend AT LEAST 3 FEET above the landing
When it is necessary to get tools and/or materials from the ground up to the work level, or down again, do not carry them on the ladder. Use a hand line to haul them up or let them down. Ladders are an important tool in construction, use them safely.
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