Every year in the U.S., more than 100 people die in ladder-related accidents, and thousands suffer disabling injuries. According to OSHA, falls from portable ladders (step, straight, combination, and extension) are among the leading causes of workplace injuries and fatalities. However, these falls are preventable when employees know how to inspect, use, and maintain ladders.
Inspect ladders at a three to six month interval, or as determined by your employer and document the inspection in writing. Documentation is easily achieved by dating and initialing an inspection sticker on one of the ladder’s side rails. Before using any ladder, check for:
Do not use a ladder in poor condition. Instead:
Choose the Right Ladder
Do not use a ladder when stairs, ramps, or runways are available. If using a ladder, choose the right type and size for the task.
Set Up Ladder Properly