Top Ladder Safety Tips
If you must use a ladder, use one that has a safety platform with handrail barricades on the sides (e.g., a platform stepladder).
Whenever you use a ladder or a stepladder, take note of the safety advice in this guide.
Stop Falls with these Top Ladder Safety Tips
Use the right ladder for the job. For example, ensure the ladder is high enough for you to reach your work area without having to stand on the top rung.
When using ladders to access another level, secure and extend the ladder at least 3 feet above the landing point to provide a safe handhold.
The base of the ladder should be secured.
Wear proper footwear (e.g., non-slip flat shoes).
Place the ladder on stable and level ground. DO NOT place it on an uneven surface.
Ensure that the ladder is fully extended before starting work.
Prevent passersby from walking under or near ladders in use by using barriers (e.g., cones) or getting your coworker to act as a lookout.
Do not work on the top rung of the ladder.
Maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times.
Do not carry any tools or materials in your hands when climbing a ladder.
Do not lean away from the ladder to carry out your task. Always keep your weight centered between the side rails.
Do not use ladders near doorways. If you need to use a ladder near a doorway, make sure that the door is locked.
Check, Maintain and Store Ladders Well
Before using a ladder, check it carefully to ensure there are no visible defects and that it is in good working condition. Check the ladder according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Maintain and store the ladder according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
Do not use faulty ladders such as these:
Do not use the ladder if it is bent.
Do not use the ladder if it is missing a step.
Do not use the ladder if the spreader bars do not have a locking device or mechanism.