Each year in the U.S. there are over 130,000 ladder-related emergency room visits, and approximately 300 ladder-related fatalities. In 2022, violations involving ladders in construction ranked fourth in OSHA’s top 10 most frequently cited standards. In conjunction with the American Ladder Institute’s Ladder Safety Month, ATL is raising awareness on how to use ladders safely both on the job, and at home, so that you don’t become a statistic.

Here are some tips to remember when using a ladder.

  • Make sure you have the proper ladder for the work about to be performed, and you have inspected it for any defects.
  • Always face the ladder when climbing or descending, and maintain three points of contact with the ladder at all times.
  • Avoid electrical hazards! – Look for overhead power lines or exposed energized equipment. Do not use a metal ladder in proximity to exposed electrical wires or devices.
  • A straight, or extension ladder should extend at least 3 feet (or 3 rungs) above the point of support, or surface you are climbing to.
  • A ladder should be positioned out 1 foot for every 4 feet of height being accessed.
  • Never exceed the ladder’s maximum load capacity.

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