Safe Use of Ladde​rs

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  • Ladders should be set up at an angle of 1 horizontal (out) to 4 vertical (up) 
  • Restrain or secure the ladder both at the top and the bottom to prevent it slipping 
  • Dual purpose step ladders must be securely latched by a locking bar or secure catch when extended 
  • Step ladders should be set up on firm level ground.  Sole plates will be needed on soft ground 
  • Inspect the ladder to ensure that there is no damage or obvious defects such as cracks, missing pieces, bent stiles or rungs, worn rubber feet 
  • A ladder is designed to support one person only
  • Check if the ladder is the safest and most suitable for the job
  • Ladders should be used for access only 
  • ƒUse only step ladders with lockable spreader bars (stays) on both sides connected to the  front and rear stiles 
  • Never use the top three rungs of a single pole or extension ladder, and always face the step ladder when standing on it 
  • Position the ladder as close as possible to the work. Do not reach out, move the ladder instead 
  • Where a ladder is used to gain access to a working platform ensure that it extends 1metre above the working platform. 
  • Do not carry tools and materials when climbing a ladder, maintain at least 3 points of contact with the ladder at all times