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DOS AND DON'TS OF LADDER CLIMBING

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Smart ladder users are safe climbers
Ladders are such common everyday tools that many workers take them for granted. As you read the safety guidelines, you may say: “I know that, that’s just plain common sense.” You can avoid a ladder injury if you think before you act and use ladders correctly. Your work will be easier and more productive, too. Ladder related injuries are preventable, if you think before you climb.
THE "RIGHT" WAY TO USE A LADDER
dopropersetup
Right
Properly set-up and use the ladder in accordance with safety instructions and warnings. Wear shoes with non-slip soles.
THE "WRONG" WAY TO USE A LADDER
dontstandabove
WRONG
DON'T stand above the second step from the top of a stepladder or the fourth rung from the top of an extension ladder.
docenterbody
RIGHT
Center body on the ladder and keep belt buckle between the rails while maintaining a firm grip.
dontclimbclosed
WRONG
DON'T climb a closed stepladder. DON'T climb on the back of a stepladder. DON'T stand or sit on a stepladder top or pail shelf.
dohaulline
RIGHT
Haul materials with a line rather than carry them up an extension ladder. Use extra caution when carrying anything on a ladder.
dontnotmentallyuptotask
WRONG
DON'T climb a ladder if you are not physically and mentally up to the task
doclimbfacingladder
RIGHT
Climb facing the ladder, move one step at a time and firmly set one foot before moving the other
dontclosetowall
WRONG
DON'T place the base of an extension ladder too close to or too far away from the building.
dohelpcarryheavyladder
RIGHT
Have another person help with a heavy ladder. Have another person hold the ladder while you are working on it
dontoverreach
WRONG
DON'T over-reach, lean to one side or try to move a ladder while on it. Climb down and then reposition the ladder closer to your work.
docarefulmoving
RIGHT
Move materials with extreme caution so as not to lose balance or tip the ladder.
dontexceedrating
WRONG
DON'T exceed the maximum load capacity or duty rating of a ladder. DON’T permit more than one person on a single-sided stepladder or an extension ladder.
To learn more about ladder safety, check out the Werner Safety Training Program!