printech,August,2004Ladder Safety Tips

printech, August, 2004
Ladder Safety Tips


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From: Gary Jones (
gjonesprinting@aol.com)
Date: Sun, 8 Aug 2004 20:57:57
FYI- From Occupational Health and Safety at www.ohsonline.com and Oregon OSHA.

Checklist: Preventing injuries from portable ladder use

Portable ladders are such common, simple tools that it's easy to become complacent about ladder safety. But many workers are injured using ladders each year, mainly due to a lack of attention to common-sense safety procedures.

Use the following checklist courtesy of OR-OSHA, Oregon's Occupational Safety & Health Division, to refresh your memory on safe ladder use.

Are all ladders in good condition, joints between steps and side rails tight, all hardware and fittings securely attached and moveable parts operating freely without binding or undue play?

Are nonslip safety feet on all ladders except stepladders?

Are ladder rungs and steps free of grease and oil?

Are employees prohibited from placing a ladder in front of doors opening toward the ladder except when the door is blocked open, locked or guarded?

Are employees prohibited from placing ladders on boxes, barrels or other unstable bases to obtain additional height?

Are employees instructed to face the ladder when ascending/descending?

Are employees prohibited from using ladders that are broken or missing steps, rungs or cleats, or have broken side rails or other faulty equipment?

Are employees instructed not to use the top step of ordinary stepladders as a step?

When portable rung ladders are used to gain access to elevated platforms, roofs and the like, does the ladder always extend at least three feet above the elevated surface?

Is it required that when portable rung or cleat-type ladders are used, the base is so placed that slipping will not occur, or it is lashed or otherwise held in place?

Are portable metal ladders legibly marked with signs reading "CAUTION -- Do Not Use Around Electrical Equipment" or equivalent wording?

Are the rungs of ladders uniformly spaced at 12 inches, center to center?



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