For many people, using a ladder is such a commonplace occurrence that it’s easy to forget just how dangerous they can be. Ensuring workplace safety, especially when it comes to ladders is especially important. As you’re making sure your company has an up to date safety plan reviewing ladder safety protocols is an essential part of making improvements to all aspects of how your business operates.
Choose The Right Ladder For The Job
Platform, telescoping, multi-ladder, scaffolding, tripod, and twin step; all of these are types of ladders that are available for different jobs. One way to protect your workers is to make sure you’re stocking and maintaining the right ladder for the job, no matter why they need it.
Find the Right Height
Making sure your employees know to use the right height of ladder is also important. Height safety charts are a smart way to make sure that this is common knowledge. In general, you want to make sure no one stands more than four rungs down from the top of any ladder and two steps down on any stepladder. Additionally, ladder extensions should be about ten to seven feet higher than the highest point of contact and support. Ensuring this ladder safety measure will provide is plenty of space to work without interference – as long as it’s not too tall or too short, that is.
Comply with All Regulations
To prevent workplace safety emergencies, you should always provide the right equipment for the job. If your employees are working with electricity, chemicals, or machines, then the best type of ladder for the situation will be different. Since they will need a different ladder depending on what they’re doing, you need to double check the performance ratings to verify that any and all available ladders comply with the applicable safety regulations covering that ladder’s use.
Verify Performance Ratings
Different ladders have different safety and use ratings. For instance, a heavy-duty construction ladder built to withstand frequent use supporting workers who must lift heavy objects will have a much different rating than a standard aluminum ladder for occasional residential use. Such a ladder probably isn’t the best for use on a construction site or other work zone, so remove any ladders that don’t belong for the sake of your workers and visitors.
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