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Ladder Guide

Not every job can be done with with just a ladder - or by you on your own, so always check:


Are you up to the job?

If you're not completely certain that you can manage everything involved in doing the job properly, get professional help.

Is a ladder up to the job?

Think ahead to what you'll have to do at every stage. If you'll need to move around while you're up there or carry lots of materials, or use heavy equipment, a ladder may not be sufficient. You might be better off using a mobile tower or scaffolding. You must always be able to extend the ladder by at least 1m above any step-off height

 
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                   Ladder Do's and Dont's


Do's

Don'ts

Inspect the ladder for defects such as missing, damaged or loose components; snags; oil, mud or other slippery materials. Make sure moving parts work properly and all connections are secure.

Don’t climb a ladder if you are not physically or mentally up to it. Dizziness and shortness of breath can interfere with balance.  Certain medications can also affect balance.

Get help with a ladder that is too heavy to handle by yourself. If possible, have another person hold the ladder while you are working on it. Or use Safety accessories I- see our accessories page.

Don’t use a ladder, particularly an aluminium ladder, around electrical wires that might be live. If the power is turned off, be sure it cannot be turned on while you are working. Alternatively use fibreglass extension ladders.

Wear slip-resistant shoes or boots, and make sure the soles are clean. Climb one step at a time while facing the ladder. Keep your body centred and use your hands.

Don’t use a ladder in strong winds.

Be sure the ladder has been set up with all ladder feet on firm, level ground – or use stabling safety equipment – see accessories page for more details.

Don’t place a ladder on slippery or unstable surfaces, and don’t try to move or shift the ladder while you are on it. See safety accessories page for suitable products to prevent slips.

Keep the area around the ladder clear and control traffic. For example, if the ladder is located where a door might open, lock or block the door

Be careful not to overbalance when moving materials. Carefully limit the weight of materials you carry on the ladder. Have materials handed to you or haul them up with a rope. Check the ladders Maximum static Load.

Keep your body centred on the ladder. Hold the ladder with one hand while working with the other. Never let your belt buckle pass beyond either ladder rail. Don’t over reach it’s the main cause of falls from extension ladders.

Don’t stand or sit above the highest safe standing level. This means you don’t use the top three rungs of an extension ladder or the top of a stepladder.