Whether your work has you on a ladder all day or just for occasional tasks, make sure your ladder is up for the job.
Are you positioning the ladder correctly for its use? Extension ladders should be angled so that for every 4 feet that the ladder extends vertically, the base is 1 foot from the supporting structure. Stepladders should be positioned in the form of an A and never propped against a wall like an extension ladder.
Is your ladder tall enough for the task? Extension ladders must reach at least 3 feet above the top of the surface you are climbing. Keep in mind that the base of the ladder should be positioned on a flat, stable surface and not propped up on unstable materials to add extra height.
Is the ladder strong enough? Check the duty rating to make sure it will support the weight of you and all tools and equipment you carry.
Does your ladder pass inspection? Check for signs of damage or hazardous conditions. Label and dismantle damaged ladders to prevent your employees from using them.
For additional ladder safety help, visit OSHA’s Portable Ladder Safety Quick Card, OSHA’s Ladder Standards and The American Ladder Institute.
Train your employees to protect themselves from ladder falls with Chesapeake’s 15- minute sample training guides. For a full list of training topics, visit Safety University.
Disclaimer: This information and any noted recommendations are advisory only: Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company assumes no liability for identification or correction of conditions or hazards as the safety and health of employees remains the employer’s responsibility. Not all foreseeable hazards or conditions in need of correction, and not all possible controls to address them, may be listed. Use of all or part of this safety information does not relieve employers of their responsibility to comply with all current and applicable local, state and/or federal laws, regulations and codes. While the information herein is believed to be current as of February 2017, the reader should rely upon the most current standards as laws, codes, and regulations are updated frequently.