Every now and again, it’s nice to have a simple ladder safety training plan all laid out. Here’s just a basic plan for a future ladder safety training for extension ladders:

First, you can go over the basics.

On an extension ladder you should (Thank you to safety.blr.com for the guidelines.):

  • Maintain 3-point contact when climbing or descending a ladder
  • Face the ladder when climbing up or descending
  • Keep your body inside the side rails
  • Avoid tipping the ladder over sideways or causing the ladder base to slide out
  • Carry tools in a tool belt or raise tools up using a hand line. Never carry tools in your hands while climbing up or down a ladder
  • Extend the top of the ladder three feet above the roof line
  • Keep ladders free of any slippery materials

Here’s what your employees should NOT DO:

  • Place a ladder on boxes, barrels, or unstable bases
  • Use a ladder on soft ground or unstable footing
  • Exceed the ladder’s maximum load rating
  • Tie two ladders together to make them longer
  • Ignore nearby overhead power lines
  • Move or shift a ladder with a person or equipment on the ladder
  • Lean out beyond the ladder’s side rails
  • Use an extension ladder horizontally like a platform

When putting on a training, it can be helpful to have visual aids to illustrate what you are telling them to do or not do. You can use pictures or videos. For example, here’s a video you could show as an example of what not to do.


Hopefully this post gives you an idea on what to include in an effective safety presentation.