It's Ladder Safety Month
March is Ladder Safety Month. It’s an opportunity for us to create awareness around one of the most common injuries suffered by American workers each year. The majority of times these incidents occur are due to unsafe use of ladders.
To help prevent ladder injuries on the job, be sure to practice the following safety tips:
Set Up Safely
- Select the right ladder for the job. Extension ladders are the only type of ladder designed to be used to access an upper level safely.
- Make sure you do not exceed the rated capacity of the ladder, including your tools.
- To avoid electrocution if working near power lines or electrical equipment use a fiberglass ladder.
- Inspect your ladder before each use for loose or damaged steps, rungs, spreaders, and safety feet.
- Don’t place a ladder in front of a door that isn’t locked, blocked, or guarded.
- Place your ladder on a flat, level surface and ensure it is properly locked out.
- Maintain a 4:1 ratio on the pitch of extension ladders.
- Extension ladders should extend at least 3 feet above the upper level.
- Take your time. Don't be in a rush to finish a job.
- Only one person should be on a ladder at a time.
- Keep your body centered between the rails of the ladder at all times. Don’t lean too far to the side while working.
- Maintain three points of contact when climbing a ladder.
- Don’t carry items up a ladder, use a rope and bucket, backpack or mechanical equipment.
- Don’t step on the top step or bucket shelf, or attempt to climb or stand on the rear section of a stepladder.
- Store your ladder in a safe, dry place.
- Never leave a raised ladder unattended.
- Don’t overextend your reach; rather, reposition the ladder.
- Step down from a ladder if you feel tired or dizzy.
Ladders pose special safety hazards, but by following proper safety guidelines, worksite injuries and deaths caused by ladder misuse can be significantly reduced.
Be safe on the job! Our safety and loss control experts are happy to talk to you about implementing a culture of safety.
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