A couple of years ago, we shared a similar post to this one on our blog, LadderSafetyHub.com, and we thought it would be valuable to share here too.
Put your ladder on a level surface before you climb. Don’t use your ladder on stairs unless you are using an articulating ladder. If the ground is uneven, use levelers or dig out one side to make the ground level.
Be sure to include the tools and supplies as well as the worker’s weight when choosing the necessary weight rating. For example, if the ladder has a 300 pound rating, and the worker weights 250 pounds, the worker should not have more than 50 pounds of equipment.
Almost 20 percent of all ladder accidents are caused when the worker thinks he has gotten to the last rung when he actually has another couple feet, or two rungs to go. Accidents from missing the last rung can lead to sprains, strains and broken bones.
When climbing the ladder, always stay between the rails. Sometimes workers think that leaning instead of getting down and moving the ladder will save time. However, leaning is not only dangerous, but also can cause more time in the long run if there is any sort of accident.
Never stand on the top rung or top cap while working on the ladder. The top rung’s only purpose is to hold a warning label. When a worker is stands on the top rung or top cap, the ladder can tip more easily, leading to an accidents and injuries.
Different ladders work best for different jobs. Don’t use an extension ladder when an A-frame would be better. The opposite is also true.