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Ladder Safety Toolbox Talk

Portable Ladders

Don’t let the simplicity of a ladder lull you into thinking accidents won’t happen.
Always make sure that you choose the right ladder for the job. Remember these guidelines:

  • Type I –A: Ladders are heavy duty and are “rated” to handle up to 300 pounds (136 kilograms)
  • Type I: Ladders are rated for up to 225/250 lbs. (102/ 113 kg) – check the label on the side rail of the ladder
  • Type II: Ladders are rated for up to 200 lbs. (90 kg)
  • Type III: Ladders are for “light duty” only

Ladders also vary in length. Choose one that is high enough for the job, but not so
high that it becomes a hazard.
Once you have chosen your ladder, inspect it thoroughly, keeping the following in mind:


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  • Rungs/step must be clean and free from grease or oil.
  • Make sure there are no splinters or sharp edges.
  • Must ensure that metal ladders are not dented or bent.
  • Safety feet should be in place.
  • All supporting, braces and bolts must be present and fully secure.
  • On extension ladders, make fully sure rope is not torn or frayed.
  • Don’t allow more than one person on a ladder at one time.

There are also numerous general safety tips to keep in mind. For example:

  • Use fall protection when working off a ladder (Refer to Site-Specific rules concerning the height).
  • When feasible, “tie off” all ladders more than 6 ft. (1.82 m) in height.
  • Never use aluminum ladders around live electrical services or welding.
  • Make sure the ladder’s feet are parallel to the surface it rests against.
  • Keep both hands free when ascending or descending.
  • Avoid excessive stretching or leaning.
  • Avoid the top step and platform of a stepladder and the top four rungs on straight ladders.
  • Do not use damage and uncertified ladder.

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For straight/extension ladders:

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  • Make sure the top is anchored.
  • When used for access, extend the ladder 3 ft. (0.9 m) above the landing.
  • Place the ladder so that the distance from the base of the supporting object to the base of the Ladder is one-quarter of the distance from the base of the ladder to the top of the supporting object.
For stepladders:
  • Make sure the hinge spreader is working properly.
  • Have someone hold the ladder when on unstable ground or when applicable.

Falls from Ladders are a significant cause of injuries in Construction. Take preventive measures at all times before climbing on any type of Ladder. Think safety – ZERO INCIDENTS – throughout each and every task!



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