Safe Use & Care
- Ladders must be handled with care at all times.
- Observe the manufacturers warnings and instructions.
- Observe closely the area in which you wish to position the ladder and assess for risks (e.g. open door ways, overhead power lines, uneven ground).
- Where a risk is present, remove (or reduced to an acceptable level) the risk, or seek an alternative safe means of access.
- Ladders are designed and built for a specific use. Read the warning labels and never use the ladder that is not recommended by the manufacturer.
- Choose the right type of ladder and the correct height for the task at hand.
- Always inspect the ladder for damage prior to use.
- NEVER USE A LADDER THAT HAS BEEN DAMAGED OR HAS MISSING PARTS.
- Ensure the ladder is free from dirt, water and grease prior to use paying particular attention to the treads/rungs.
- When using a ladder near a door way, block/lock the door and/or post a guard.
- Do not leave ladders unattended while they are erected.
- Always wear fully enclosed footwear with slip resistance soles.
- Avoid using ladders in very wet or windy conditions.
- Never use a ladder if you are impaired by drugs, alcohol or sickness.
Safe handling procedures
- Never drop or jar a ladder as it may damage the ladder and make it unsafe to use.
- Always employ safe lifting practices when moving or handling ladders (e.g. bend the knees).
- Always be aware of others and property when carrying ladders. Particular care should be taken when carrying a ladder through or door way or around corners.
- Always ensure that you have full control of the ladder at all times.
- Be aware of the position of your hands when using ladders to avoid entrapment.
When transporting a ladder on a vehicle ensure that the following points are observed:
- The ladder is supported along its length to prevent sagging.
- The overhang beyond supports is equal and less then 1/3 of the length of the ladder.
- The ladder is securely tied down to prevent road shock and chaffing. Do not over tighten as this may damage the ladder.
- The upper surface of the roof racks or supports should be covered with soft material, such as rubber or pine, to decrease road shock.