SAFETY TIP TUESDAY- NCESD
Provided by the North Central ESD Workers Compensation Trust
Fatal Falls on the Rise
Avoid Free Fallin'...
Practice Ladder Safety ONE STEP at a Time!
START WITH A GOOD FOUNDATION
Select the right ladder for the job –consider:
- How high you need to reach?
- How much weight the ladder will need to support? Don't forget to include the workers, and their tools/equipment.
- Will you be working on or near electricity? If so, choose a fiberglass ladder.
Inspect the ladder before using it – look for:
- Cracked, split, worn, broken, twisted/distorted rails, braces, steps, rungs, & feet
- Corrosion, rust, oxidization and excessive wear, especially on treads
- Missing identification labels
- Loose or faulty spreaders, locks, and other metal parts (step ladders)
- Rot, decay or warped rails (wooden ladders)
- Cracks and exposed fiberglass (fiberglass ladders)
- Loose, broken, deteriorated or missing extension locks, chains or ropes (extension ladders).
Properly position and set the ladder–
- Make sure the base of the ladder is on a firm, solid and level surface.
- Position straight or extension ladders using a 1:4 vertical/horizontal ratio – set the base of the ladder 1 foot away from the top support for every 4 feet of ladder height.
- Fully open the ladder and lock the spreaders on step ladders.
CLIMB WITH CARE...
Make sure your shoes are clean - free of mud, grease, or other substances.
Face the ladder & use both hands while climbing up or down a ladder.
Maintain 3 points of contact while climbing – keep 2-hands & 1-foot or 2-feet & 1-hand in contact with the ladder at all times.
Never carry tools/materials in your hands while climbing/descending a ladder - use a tool belt, hand line or other means to raise/ lower items as needed.
KNOW AND FOLLOW THE RULES...
Remove and tag defective ladders from service - to protect and warn others.
Never stand on the top step of a step ladder or top 3 rungs of a straight, single, or extension ladder.
Stay centered between the rails - don’t lean too far or overreach. Re-position the ladder if needed.
Never attempt to adjust or move a ladder while standing on it – climb down & re-position the ladder as needed