Ladder Safety Checklist

Did you know that, on average, work-related ladder falls result in one death and more than 180 nonfatal injuries every two days in America?

This Ladder Safety Checklist is provided from the American Ladder Institute
Reminders About Your Ladder
  • Determine what type of ladder is appropriate for your current work environment
  • Confirm that the ladder is the appropriate length for the task
  • Check that your ladder has the proper Duty Rating
  • Thoroughly inspect the ladder to ensure it is in good working condition
  • Clean the climbing and gripping surfaces
  • Read the safety information label(s) on the ladder
Reminders About Your Surroundings
  • Confirm that the ground where the ladder is set-up is firm and level
  • Confirm that any surrounding doors are blocked open, locked, or properly guarded
  • Ensure that the weather is sufficiently safe for using a ladder
Reminders for You
  • Clean the soles of your shoes to maximize traction and avoid slipping
  • Ensure that you are not tired, dizzy, or prone to losing your balance before using the ladder
  • Use towlines, a tool belt, or an assistant to convey materials so that your hands are free when climbing
  • Maintain three points of contact with the ladder while climbing

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