7 Ladder Safety Tips to Help You Avoid Injuries

From changing your fire detector to cleaning the gutters, some jobs just can't get done without a ladder's help. But, it's important to follow a few rules to ensure you remain safe and injury-free as you complete your task. Here are seven safety tips to consider before you step on the first rung.

Ladder Safety Tips

1. Ensure the Ladder is Sturdy and in Good Shape

  • Make sure all joints and nuts and bolts are tightly connected
  • Make sure all of the rungs are secure
  • Ensure the ladder extension locks and the feet are in good working order
  • Never climb a damaged or bent ladder

2. Place Your Ladder Appropriately

  • Place the ladder on a firm, level surface and ensure a secure footing
  • Never place a ladder on a potentially unstable surface, such as a pallet or scaffold
  • Do not fasten multiple ladders together to make them reach further
  • Ensure the ends of ladder rails are firmly supported
  • Only use ladders in the vertical position

3. Take Reasonable Safety Precautions

  • Do not place a ladder in front of a door that opens toward it
  • Never extend a ladder before setting it up
  • Do not over-extend the ladder
  • Only extend a ladder from the ground up, never from the roof down
  • Do not use a ladder in high winds

4. Wear Proper Footwear

Shoes with leather soles should not be worn while climbing a ladder. The American Ladder Institute recommends wearing clean, slip-resistant shoes.

5. Use Caution When on the Ladder

  • Keep ladders off of window panes
  • Only one person should be on a ladder at a time
  • Climb the ladder slowly and avoid any sudden movements
  • Never move the ladder (or allow anyone else to) while you're on it
  • Avoid pulling your body off to the side while on the ladder

6. Use the 1:4 Rule

For every four feet of working length, the ladder's base should be one foot away from the top support.

7. If in Doubt, Use a Spotter

If you are uncertain about your safety, delay the project until a second person can act as a spotter and hold the ladder at the bottom.


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