not designed for any degree of side loading and are relatively easily overturned. Slips, trips,
and falls constitute the majority of general industry and construction worker injuries. Falls cause
15% of all accidental deaths, and are second only to motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause
of fatalities. Ladders are a common tool that employees use to accomplish elevated work tasks.
Like any tool, ladders must be properly constructed to ensure employee safety.
GENERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ALL LADDERS
• All ladders must have your company name and/or logo on it.
• The use of aluminum ladders is strictly prohibited.
• There are no wooden ladders allowed on this project.
• All ladders shall be equipped with non skid safety feet.
• Employees shall visually inspect ladders for defects and damage before use. Damage ladders shall
be tagged and removed from service.
• All work over 6 feet requires 100% tie off.
SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR EMPLOYEES UTILIZING LADDERS
• Choose the appropriate ladder for the task.
• Only use ladders on stable and level surfaces.
• Keep the area around the top and bottom of the ladder clear.
• Face the ladder when ascending and descending.
• Keep your belt buckle within the side rails at all times..
• Keep tools in a tool belt in order to free up hands for climbing. Heavy or bulky items should be
brought up only after you have reached the top.
STEP LADDER SAFETY
• You should never sit on or straddle a stepladder.
• Stepladders must be tall enough to eliminate the need to stand on the top two steps of the
• To ensure a safe position, the horizontal distance from the support structure to the foot of
the ladder shall be
¼ the working length of the ladders.
• When using a portable ladder for access to an upper landing surface, the side rails must extend
at least 3 feet above the upper landing surface. The ladder must be secured at the top and the
• Do not stand on the top 3 steps of an extension ladder.
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