People fall off ladders, resulting in injuries that range from bruises, broken bones, or even death. There are several potential hazards when working with ladders. Poor condition, improper selection or improper use has contributed to numerous injuries. Proper ladder selection is vital in keeping the employee safe while climbing. You should be aware of a ladder’s weight and height limits. Also it is critically important not to use a metal ladder near live electrical wires.
If a ladder is missing parts or has parts that are not intact, it’s not going to be able to support the user. Scheduled inspections and inspections prior to its use are a key part of ladder safety.
Improper use of the ladder is the most common contributing factor in ladder accidents. Ladders should only be used for the intended use. Listed below are some common sense ladder safety characteristics:
Ladder Setup Procedures
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