When it comes to falls from ladders, there are two things you need to know: They're fatal, and they're preventable. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) 2015 data, falls are the most common cause of death in construction, but following simple guidelines every time you climb can greatly your minimize risk:
Read (and follow!) all labels and warnings on the ladder
Ensure all rungs are free of slippery material including oil, grease and wet paint
Set up a ladder on a stable surface, never on unstable ground or on top of any object in an effort to create additional height
Check that all locks are properly engaged
Look for overhead power lines, and use a non-conductive ladder if working near electrical hazards
Always check that the max weight capacity is at least 4 times your intended load
On the ladder
Keep your body facing forward and in the middle of the rung while climbing
Never use the top rung as a step unless your ladder was built for it
Keep 3 points (either two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) on the ladder while
Don’t carry heavy objects that could cause you to lose your balance
When using two or more ladders, there must be a landing between the two
Working near a ladder?
Never move or shift a ladder while there's a person or equipment on it.
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