February 2020

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Ladder Safety Reminders for Ladder Safety Month

Ladders are involved in most fall-from height type accidents. In some cases, the accident is caused by using another object,
like a chair or cart in place of a ladder. All these accidents are preventable with proper planning, design and training.
Since planning and design are often covered in the training portion, let’s focus on that.

Ladder safety training should cover four basic topics: selection, inspection, set-up and climbing.

Selecting the Right
Ladder for the Job

The first rule of selecting the right ladder is to actually use a ladder. Never use chairs or buckets to work at height. When choosing your ladder, consider the following:
Weight rating - Ladders are rated at 200lbs, 225lbs, 250lbs, 300lbs and 375lbs. In calculating the necessary weight rating, add the weight of the user with all his or her clothing and gear, plus the weight of any tools or equipment they might be carrying.

Ladders are often used by everybody on the jobsite, so plan for the biggest user.

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