The worst falls are from elevated positions like ladders. They can result in serious injury or death. Learn and practice ladder safety.
- Ladders must be the proper height (stepladders) or length (straight ladders).
- Do not stand on the top two rungs of a stepladder or the top three rungs of a straight ladder.
- A straight ladder should extend at least three feet, or three rungs, above the landing it is being used to access.
- Position the straight ladder at the proper angle for climbing — one foot away from the wall for every four feet of height.
- When climbing or descending, always face the ladder and maintain three points of contact with it—two hands and a foot or two feet and a hand.
- Never climb a ladder with anything in your hands. Use a tool belt to carry tools up. Climb to the desired height and then hoist any other tools or materials up with a rope.
- Once you’re at the desired working height, never over-reach. Keep your body and legs within the ladder side rails—follow the Belt Buckle Rule! Extend only your arms beyond the side rails, and keep your belt buckle within them.
Also take into account that tools and equipment falling from height, even with a short ladder, can have serious consequences to individuals below. Dropped Objects Toolbox talk