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Stepladder Guide


Not every job can be done with with just a stepladder - 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.


Most stepladder accidents are caused by human error, not by ladders failing. But any equipment in poor condition is potentially dangerous, so do this quick check before each job:

Is the stepladder generally sound?

No damage to the stiles (the outside uprights) or steps or top platform? Dents, bends, cracks and splits are all hazards. If you do find any structural damage, don't attempt to repair it - you need a new stepladder.

Are the rubber or plastic non-slip feet all safely in position? Before you use the stepladder, any missing ones must be replaced. You can usually get these from the manufacturer.

Make sure the steps are clean and tidy.

The type bought most often are the 4 to 7 step folding versions, as illustrated above. These are suited to many jobs around the house, but it is very important never to use any stepladder that's the wrong height for the particular job you are doing. Some are too short for high work, and some - just as dangerous - are too tall for lower work. you must be able to do your work comfortably without overreaching up, down or sideways

 

                  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.