Safety Tips #FloloKnows

Each year, there are more than 164,000 emergency room treated injuries and 300 deaths in the US that are caused by falls from ladders. With that in mind, here are a few safety tips for using ladders, excerpted from OSHA’S Portable Ladder Safety Quick Card.

  • Read and follow all labels/markings on the ladder.
  • Avoid electrical hazards! – Look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder.
  • Avoid using a metal ladder near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment.
  • Always inspect the ladder prior to using it. If the ladder is damaged, it must be removed from service and tagged until repaired or discarded.
  • Do not use a self-supporting ladder (e.g. step ladder) as a single ladder or in a partially closed position.
  • Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder as a ste/rung unless i was designed for that purpose.
  • Always maintain a 3-point (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) contact on the ladder when climbing.
  • Ladders must be free of any slippery material on the rungs, steps or feet.