How to climb a ladder safely

Posted on 28th Sep, 2012 | By Lorretta Tatham

Many accidents, both industrial and DIY, are caused by improper use of ladders.

By thinking about the proper way to climb a ladder, many of these incidents can be avoided.

1. First, check your ladders to see if it is in good condition before using it.

For example, if it is a step ladder, ensure the spreader lock properly into place and make sure you check for any defects.

4. Keep your ladders on a solid, even surfaces – and definitely don’t let them sit on slippery surfaces like snow or ice.

If it is completely necessary put the ladder in a high traffic area, it is cornered off to stop any collisions.

5. Lock the spreaders into place before ascending the ladder and make sure the step ladder legs are fully open.

6. Step ladders are designed for use in the open position. Never lean them against walls like you would with a normal ladder.

7. Do not use the top two rungs of a ladder. If you need to go further up, get a longer ladder.

8. Keep both hands on the ladder, facing it when climbing up.

9. Instead of carrying tools up ladders, use a tool belt or rope system. Also, do not allow more than one person on the ladder at a time.

10. Do not overreach in any direction. Ever time to need to reach further, simply climb down and move the ladder into the desired position.

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