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- Inspect the ladder for damages or defects before use – If found faulty, do not use.
- Fully enclosed slip resistant footwear should always be worn when using ladders.
- Ensure the ladder is placed on a firm level surface and that each foot is in contact with the surface.
- Use only in the fully opened position with the spreader fully engaged. If the spreader is missing, loose or unable to engaged fully, do not use.
- “A” Frame Step ladders must not be used to access a roof.
- When ascending or descending the ladder maintain three points of contact. For example, two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot must be in contact with the ladder at all times. Use tool belts to keep hands free.Don’t sit or stand on the top cap.
- Never stand on the tread immediately below the top cap – your feet should be no higher than the third tread from the top cap (small 2-3 step ladders are excluded from this requirement)
- Ensure your body is centred with the ladder stiles at all times and do not be tempted to over reach.
- Before moving a ladder make sure all tools, leads etc are removed. Descend and move – At no time should a ladder be “walked”.
- A closed step ladder should never be used as a non-supported ladder e.g. leant against a wall.
- Never climb from one ladder to another.
- Do not use ladders as trestles or to support planks this is outside its designed purpose.
- Do not exceed the load rating of the ladder.
- When transporting ladder follow the transporting instructions guide.
For images related to safe use of ladders see Article 9 “Diagrams of Ladder Use”
What to do if you fall:
- Calmly assess the situation, and determine if you are hurt.
- Slowly sit up, wait, and then slowly stand.
- If you feel that an injury has occurred which prevents standing or walking, remain seated and call for assistance. If the injury is serious call 000.
- If you are not injured, rest awhile, there may be some shock, wait until you feel steady and have regained your composure.
- Check the ladder and assess to the best of your ability the cause of the fall.
- Reposition the ladder to ensure secure and solidly positioned before re-climbing.