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Preventing Falls from Ladder
Every year, many workers in California are seriously injured from falling off ladders at work. These injuries include dislocated limbs, broken bones, head injuries, and in a few cases each year, death. Workers in many different industries are at risk of ladder-related injuries, especially construction, retail and orchard workers. Anyone who uses a ladder at work, no matter the job, is at risk and needs to be trained on how to use a ladder safely.
Ladder accidents occur because:
The ladder moves, falls over or is set up improperly.
The worker slips on the rungs, overreaches or carries objects while climbing the ladder.
The worker stands on the top cap of the ladder.
The ladder being used is not in good condition.
Prevent mishaps at work by following these ladder safety tips:
Carefully inspect the ladder for defects, checking for cracks, corrosion, and that bolts and rivets are secure. Tag and remove unsafe ladders from service.
Make sure the ladderâ€™s feet work properly and have slip-resistant pads.
Use a fiberglass ladder if there is any chance of contact with electricity.
When setting the ladder, look for a safe location with firm, level footing and rigid support for the top of the ladder. Be sure to set it at an angle per the manufacturer's guidance.
When climbing off a ladder at an upper level, make sure the ladder extends three feet above the landing.
When climbing the ladder, use three points of contact â€“ keep one hand and both feet or both hands and one foot in contact with the ladder at all times.
Never carry any load that could cause you to lose balance.
Never stand on top of a ladder.
Donâ€™t pull, lean, stretch or make sudden moves on a ladder that could cause it to tip over.
Avoid setting the ladder near exit doors, near the path of pedestrian or vehicular traffic.
Ladder Safety Booklet
Falls are a leading cause of death in the workplace. Falls from ladders can be prevented and lives can be saved by following the safe work practices described in this booklet.