ladder tippingLadder tipping is one of the leading causes of ladder accidents. Learning how to stabilize your ladder properly can prevent this type of accident. So, what are the steps to stabilize the ladder?

Inspection

In almost every post, we mention the importance of ladder inspection. Always make sure your ladder is in proper working order. Make sure each part of the ladder works the way it should. If anything looks like it isn’t working right, don’t use the ladder and mark it so others won’t use it either.

Stable Ground

Make sure you set the ladder up on stable ground. Beware of any wet or otherwise slippery surfaces. If the area is muddy or soft, find another place to set up the ladder. Don’t place any bricks or wood blocks under the ladder to help stabilize it or make it even. These “risers” could end up causing more harm than good.

Securing the top of the Ladder

When using an extension ladder, make sure the top of the ladder has been secured. When using the ladder on a roof, you want to make sure the ladder extends three feet past the roofline. If you have your ladder leaned up against something, make sure the top is secured and is not leaning against something slippery.

Movement at the top of the ladder

Did you know that even a slight lean at the top of the ladder could cause the ladder to tip? When climbing a ladder, it is crucial to not lean to either side since leaning will almost surely cause an accident. We often talk about the most common causes of ladder injuries. Tipping is one of the more common causes of injury, but can easily be prevented if the worker takes the time to move the ladder rather than move.

Stabilizing a ladder is not too difficult, but it does require attention and a little bit of training. Make sure you take a few minutes to train your team members on preventing ladder tipping.