Ladder Safety – Platform Ladder

  • 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 engage fully, do not use.
  • Face the ladder when ascending or descending.
  • 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.
  • Ensure your body is centred with the ladder stiles at all times and do not be tempted to over reach.
  • Stand flat and in the centre of the platform, use the rail for a steadying support when looking up.
  • Before moving a ladder make sure all tools, leads etc are removed. Descend and move – At no
    time should a ladder be “walked”.
  • Never climb from one ladder to another.
  • A closed step ladder should never be used as a non-supported ladder e.g. leant against a wall.
  • 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.
  • Don’t sit or stand on the top handrail.
  • If using a safety gate, do not climb, sit or hang off gate.  Do not use gate to support any kind of load including tools and equipment.

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.