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Ladder Safety.

Using the right ladder, correctly positioned and using the correct climbing technique, working above ground or at height should be no problem. The following tips will help reduce the risk of accidents.

  • Make sure the ladder is suited for the type of job you plan to do. Ladders are classed as follows:

 

Classification Duty Rating Max Static Vertical Load Application Symbol
Class 1 130 kg 175 kg Industrial Use
Class EN131 115 kg 150 kg Commercial Use
Class 111 95 kg 125 kg Domestic Use  

 

  • Before using a ladder, especially a ladder that has been stored in the garage for a while or has had very heavy use, inspect it for cracks, damage or broken joints.


  • Place your ladder on a stable, even, flat surface. Never place a ladder on top of another object. 
  • Use the 1:4 ratio to ensure a stable working platform. Place the base of the ladder 1 foot away of whatever it leans against for every 4 feet of height to the point where the ladder contacts at the top (see sketch below). 
  • When using an A-frame stepladder, make sure the brace is locked in place. 
  • If climbing onto another surface, make sure the ladder extends at least three feet past the platform you're climbing onto. 
  • Secure tall ladders by lashing or fastening the ladder to prevent movement. 
  • Always face the ladder when climbing or descending.
  • Keep both feet on the ladder - never put one foot on a rung and the other foot on a different surface. 
  • Do not climb higher than the second rung on stepladders or the third rung on straight or extension ladders. 
  • Never stand on the top or the paint shelf of a stepladder. 
  • Keep your belt buckle (if you have one) positioned between the rungs so it doesn't catch. 
  • Never leave ladders unattended - kids love them.
  • When working with electricity, use a ladder made of wood or fiberglass.

 

 

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