During the holiday season, people use ladders at home for Christmas decorations. Our crews also use ladders daily. Inspection of a ladder before use can save you a trip to the emergency room, so we wanted to share this important safety information before the Holidays!
- Check for Structural Integrity: Inspect for cracks, bends, or splits in the ladder’s rails, rungs, or steps.
Look for Corrosion or Rust:
- These can weaken the ladder’s metal parts.
- Verify Proper Function of Moving Parts: For extension ladders, ensure locks and pulleys are in good working order.
- Firm Footing: Confirm that the ladder’s feet or base are in good condition and not worn out.
- Secure Positioning: Test the ladder on a stable surface to ensure it doesn’t wobble or shift unexpectedly.
Label and Markings:
- Check Labels: Ensure all safety labels, load capacity information, and manufacturer details are visible and legible.
- Inspect Markings: Look for any damage or fading on caution signs or instructional markings.
- Previous Damage: If the ladder has been involved in any accidents, it requires a more thorough inspection.
- Storage Conditions: Improperly stored ladders can also deteriorate; ensure they are kept in dry and safe environments.
Frequency of Inspections:
- Routine Checks: Perform inspections at a minimum before each use.
- Periodic Full Inspections: Schedule detailed examinations with a competent person at least once every 6 months or as recommended by the manufacturer.
- Proper Usage: Always follow the manufacturer’s weight capacity and usage guidelines.
- Climbing Safely: Maintain three points of contact while climbing: two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand.
- Buddy System: Have someone assist when using a ladder, especially for extended or risky tasks.
Proper Step Usage
- On a stepladder, never utilize the top 2 steps for standing or as a work space. This is a best practice with ladders as the higher you go the less brace points you have on a ladder and the 3-points of contact rule can no longer be followed. Another reason is working on the top steps of a stepladder causes the ladder to become unstable and has a higher chance for it to tip over, causing a fall.
- On an extension ladder, never utilize the top 3 steps unless the ladder is specifically designed to be climbed on both sides.
Stay safe and have a beautiful Holiday Season!
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