Falls are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities in the workplace. This makes working from heights one of the most dangerous tasks within construction. Ladders are the most frequently used equipment when working from heights due to their ease of use and portability. In this blog we will be reviewing portable ladders and how to properly inspect, use, and store them.
Prior to using your ladder, a proper inspection and ladder placement is crucial for safety. When inspecting and placing your ladder, make sure that:
Falls from heights below 6ft are the most common type of fall in the workplace. To reduce your risk of falls when using a ladder, be sure to:
Once your work is complete and you have safely descended your ladder, proper storage will help increase the lifespan of your ladder. When storing your ladder, make sure that:
Ladders are a fast, effective way to work at heights. While falls from these short distances are common and dangerous, following the proper inspections, use, and storage of ladders will help keep you and others safe around your jobsite. To keep the conversation going, download the Ladder Toolbox Talk (TBT) or comment below.