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.