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Oct
22
Ladder Safety Tips
Posted On: 22-10-2015

The majority of us own a ladder or step ladder, whether that be for home maintenance or for use at work, so precautions should be taken to ensure safe use of ladders and to prevent falls and slips. Knowing just how important ladder safety is, we’ve provided some ladder safety tips (below). So, whether you’re an amateur or a professional, be sure to brush up. 

 
 
  • 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. Making sure that your ladder is kept clean and stored away safely, as instructed by the manufacturer, is also essential, as well as keeping them well maintained.
  • Be sure that the ladder has been set up with all ladder feet on firm, level ground. 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 - see our accessories page http://www.britishladders.co.uk/cc/96_ladder-accessories.html. The surface should also be dry, clean and away from leaves and packaging materials, etc.
  • Wear slip-resistant shoes or boots, and make sure the soles are clean. Climb one step at a time while facing the ladder, and keep your body centred. Hold the ladder with one hand while working with the other. Never let your belt buckle pass beyond either ladder rail, and be sure not to over reach. This is the main cause of falls from extension ladders.
  • 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.
  • Maintaining three points of contact is extremely important, and you should remember not to 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.
  • Do not use a ladder in extreme weather, such as strong winds, which can affect stability or cause 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.
  • Don’t climb a ladder if you are not physically or mentally up to it. Dizziness and shortness of breath can interfere with balance, as can certain medications.
  • 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.

OTJ Training is a division of LFI, offering a range of courses, addressing topics such as ladder safety, inspection and training. For information on Ladder Safety Courses, see http://www.britishladders.co.uk/training.html or visit the OTJ Training site.