Portable ladders are considered step, straight, combination and extension ladders. Falls from these portable ladders are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuires. Injuires can result from damaged, improperly position or incorrectly constructed ladders. When choosing a ladder always read and follow all labels and markings on the ladder. Look for one that has antislip feet, has bracing to keep ladder from swaying and if you are working around electricity it is imperative that the ladder is of nonconductive materials.
Keep the ladder at proper distance from the wall during set up. The Rule if 4 to 1 divide the number of fungs from the support point to the ground by 4.
Osha Ladder Safety tips!
As you can imagine the majority of scaffolding accidents occur when planking gives away or slips. We will discuss ways to reduce that risk.
Lets First Discuss how to properly Maintain your ladders.
To take care of your ladder you will want to ensure that you do the following:
Develop a checklist for your ladders and an inspection schedule with and inspection log, make sure you or your employee (whom ever is assigned responsibility for inspecting the ladders) sign off on the inspection log name and date. Have your safety coordinator ensure the inspections are happening.
There are several types of ladders fiberglass, Wood , Aluminum/Steel. Whichever ladder you choose to use, make sure you inspect them accordingly.
Wood Ladders- Never paint a wood ladder, the paint will hide any defects that ladder has. These ladders need to be sealed with clear sealant. Always protect these ladders from insect damage, excessive heat and moisture.
Fiberglass- If there are scratches this material can be lightly sanded and recoated with a coat of lacquer, these ladders should always be sealed with lacquer.
Steel/Aluminum- there should be no sharp edges or rough burrs, cracks, loose bolts, joint or screws nor faulty welds.