Slips, Trips and Falls: Ladders Safety

Slips, Trips and Falls: Ladders

Preventing Falls from Ladders

Ask the following questions:

  1. What are the hazards? Falls from heights from extension or stepladder use
  2. What are the results? Broken bones, internal damage, death
  3. What should we look for? Improper type, damaged ladder, improper ladder placement, ladder not tied off, ladder not extending 36” above deck, improper climbing procedures, standing on top step of a stepladder.

How do we prevent these results?

  • Use the correct ladder type for the job.
  • Properly set the ladder at 1:4 base to height ratio
  • Set base; tie off the ladder; and extend the ladder 36” above deck or provide grab-rails.
  • Do not stand on the top step of a step ladder.
  • Use proper climbing procedures; always maintain 3 points of contact.
  • Use equipment as it is intended and follow the manufacturer’s guidelines.

Ask the following questions about ladders on this site and ensure every item is covered.

  • How do you properly inspect a ladder before it is used?
  • Find the labeling on the ladder and discuss the manufacturer’s recommendations and guidelines.
  • How do you set up an extension ladder?
  • How do you properly use an “A-frame” stepladder?
  • Are there any damaged ladders at this site?