Extension ladders can be notorious for slipping, but with a few precautions the slipping can be prevented.
The Correct Angle
Before climbing an extension ladder, make sure it is set up at a 75.5 degree angle. There is a great app from NIOSH, available in the App Store, that can help you double check the angle. If you don’t have your ladder at the correct angle, it can more easily slip.
Use the ladder cleats
Ladder cleats add an extra level of safety and stability to your ladder. Put the cleats on your ladder and then secure them on the ground before you climb.
Take Advantage of Accessories
Besides the ladder cleats, there are a few ladder accessories that can help you be safer on your ladder too. When leaning your ladder against a wall or building, ladder mitts can be used to not only provide stability, but also prevent scuffing or other damage to the wall. A ladder stabilizer can also help. The stabilizer connects to the top of the makes the ladder next-to-impossible to slip down the wall.
Create a Level Base
One of the most important prevention steps you can take to prevent ladder slips is by creating a level base. You can use outriggers with levelers to make sure the ladder is level. Or, if the ground is uneven, you can dig out one side to make it even. Either route you take is an important step to preventing a ladder slip.
Be Aware of Wet Ground
Wet or otherwise slippery ground is an accident waiting to happen. If the ground is wet, choose another place to set up your ladder or wait for the ground to dry. In this type of situation, avoiding the danger and finding an alternative solution is the best step to preventing accidents.