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LADDER SAFETY / Stepladder Safety

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  • Always ensure that the ladder is placed on a firm level surface.
  • Check that each foot is in contact with the surface.
  • Ensure that spreaders are fully extended prior to use.
  • Do not use a ladder if the spreader is missing, loose or damaged.
  • Regularly check ladder feet for excessive wear.
  • When ascending or descending a ladder you must be facing the ladder and have three limbs in contact with the ladder at all times.
  • Never stand or sit on the top cap. They are not designed to be used as a step/seat.
  • Never stand on the tread immediately below the top cap as you may lose your balance.
  • Do not over reach when using a ladder - ensure your body is centred within the ladder stiles. Keep your belt buckle inside the foot area of the ladder.
  • Always descend the ladder prior to moving the ladder - do not attempt to make the ladder walk.
  • Before moving a ladder take care to ensure that all tools and other items have been removed.
  • Do not use a closed stepladder as a non-self supporting ladder (e.g. leaning against a wall).
  • Do not climb from one ladder to another.
  • Do not use ladders as trestles as they are not designed for this type of use.
  • Never use a metal stepladder where an electrical hazard exists.
  • Do not exceed the load rating of the ladder.
  • Do not use a ‘Domestic’ duty rated ladder for frequent heavy use, or in a workplace, an ‘Industrial’ duty rated ladder must be used.
  • Carry tools and materials in a tool belt or have them passed to you.
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