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									Ladder Safety
Ladders are used just about every day to elevate workers to the height of their work. As you can probably assume the biggest risk when using a ladder is falling. Most falls occur because the ladder was used in the wrong way, either by overreaching, improper setup, or not complying with the manufacturing guidelines. Below are some important rules to put into practice when working on a ladder.

Hazard assessment 7(1) An employer must assess a work site and identify existing and potential hazards before work begins at the work site or prior to the construction of a new work site. 7(2) An employer must prepare a report of the results of a hazard assessment and the methods used to control or eliminate the hazards identified. 7(3) An employer must ensure that the date on which the hazard assessment is prepared or revised is recorded on it. 7(4) An employer must ensure that the hazard assessment is repeated (a) at reasonably practicable intervals to prevent the development of unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, (b) when a new work process is introduced, (c) when a work process or operation changes, or (d) before the construction of significant additions or alterations to a work site. Management Directive Discuss ladder safety and how to safely set up, use, and store ladders. Setting up the ladder is the first rule  Set a ladder on solid footing against a solid support  Don't set ladders up in doorways or walkways unless they are marked or barricaded  Keep the area around the top and bottom of the ladders clear  Don't run hoses, extension cords or ropes on a ladder and create an obstruction  Place the base of straight ladders out away from the wall or edge of the upper level about one foot for every four feet of vertical height  Tie in, block or otherwise secure the top of straight ladders to prevent them from slipping  Be sure straight ladders are long enough so side-rails extend at least 36" above the top support point

Use the ladder as it is designed to be used  Don't use ladders as a platform, runway or scaffold  Don't try to splice two ladders together  Don't use a step ladder as a straight ladder  Most ladders are designed to hold only one person at a time. Two may cause the ladder to fail or throw it off balance Climbing the ladder  To avoid slipping on a ladder, check your shoes for oil, grease, or mud and wipe it off before climbing  Always face the ladder and hold on with both hands when climbing up or down  Don't try to carry tools or material with you, use a hand-line, bucket or tool belt  Don't lean out to the side when you are on a ladder. If something is out of reach, get down and move the ladder  Don't try to increase the length or height of the ladder by standing it on boxes, barrels or other materials Maintaining the ladder’s condition  Store ladders in a clean, uncluttered, well ventilated and dry location  Take good care of ladders and they will take care of you

Safety Review Quiz 1. What are some precautions you make when setting up a ladder? 2. What are the most common causes of falls from ladders? 3. What are some of the dangerous acts you have seen other workers do with ladders?

Ladders Sign-Off Sheet
Company Name: ____________________________________________________________________ Date: _________________________________ Location: ___________________________________ Safety Topic: ________________________________________________________________________ Instructor: __________________________________________________________________________ Employee Name 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Employee Signature

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