Ladder Hazards by TPenney


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									Ladde r Hazards                                            Type I-A ladders are heavy-duty and
                                                        can handle up to 300 lbs.
Two questions you should ask each                          Type I ladders can hold up to 250
time you use a ladder are:                              lbs
                                                           Type II ladders can hold 225 lbs
         What condition is the ladder in?                  Type III ladders are for light duty
         Am I using the right ladder for the            only and can hold up to 200 lbs
Inspecting the Ladder                            Ladders also vary in length. Choose one that is
                                                 high enough for the job, but not so high that it
When checking the condition of the ladder,       becomes a hazard
keep these guidelines in mind:
                                                 Using Ladders Safely
          Rungs must be intact and free from
       grease or oil                             Some other thing to remember include:
          Make sure there are no splinters or
       sharp edges                                         Make sure the ladder's feet are
          See that metal ladders are not                parallel to the surface it rests against
       dented or bent                                      Make sure the base is tied or held
          Safety feet should be in place                and that the top is anchored
          All support braces and bolts must                Avoid the top two steps of a
       be secure                                        stepladder and the top four rungs on
          Make sure ropes are not torn or               other ladders
       frayed                                              Always face the ladder while using
          Make sure the hinge spreader works               Place the ladder at a safe angle. The
       properly.                                        distance from the bottom of the ladder
Note: O H & S requires that defective ladders           to the wall should be about 1/4 of the
be removed from service and tagged or marked               ladder's working height
as "Dangerous, Do Not Use" Discuss how this                Do not use ladders that have been
process works in your area                                 exposed to fire or corrosive
Choosing the Ladder                                     Do not use a ladder for unintended
                                                        purposes, such as in place of
When choosing a ladder, first check the weight             scaffolding
limit. Ladders are usually rated as follows:               Never allow more than one person
                                                           on a ladder at a time
                                                           Use both hands when climbing a
                                                           Avoid excessive stretching or

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