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CPSC Offers Safety Tips to Prevent Ladder Injuries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Each year there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries in the U.S. relating to ladders. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) offers the following safety precautions to help prevent these injuries.

Make sure the weight your ladder is supporting does not exceed its maximum load rating (user plus materials). There should only be one person on the ladder at one time.

Use a ladder that is the proper length for the job. Proper length is a minimum of 3 feet extending over the roofline or working surface. The three top rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder should not be stood on.

Straight, single or extension ladders should be set up at about a 75-degree angle.

All metal ladders should have slip-resistant feet.

Metal ladders will conduct electricity. Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder in the vicinity of power lines or electrical equipment. Do not let a ladder made from any material contact live electric wires.

Be sure all locks on extension ladders are properly engaged.

The ground under the ladder should be level and firm. Large flat wooden boards braced under the ladder can level a ladder on uneven ground or soft ground. A good practice is to have a helper hold the bottom of the ladder.

Do not place a ladder in front of a door that is not locked, blocked or guarded.

Keep your body centered between the rails of the ladder at all times. Do not lean too far to the side while working.

Do not use a ladder for any purpose other than that for which it was intended.

Do not step on the top step, bucket shelf or attempt to climb or stand on the rear section of a stepladder.

Never leave a raised ladder unattended.

Follow use instruction labels on ladders.
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Don't leave tools etc on top of ladders......

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And just last week I had to put my 18 foot extension ladder on the tailgate of my truck to reach a dusk-to-dawn photo cell.

It was either that or buy another ladder for $300 that I will rarely use...

Hey, do as I say, not as I do!


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Good Post.. very informative and I would say everyone should go under a safety training as listed above before using a ladder.

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CPSC Offers Safety Tips to Prevent Ladder Injuries

Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder in the vicinity of power lines or electrical equipment.

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Using wooden ladder near live HV is not a good idea! mad

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When I worked at Ford the only ladders allowed were ones that were made of wood.

Another great rule there was that the ladders were coated with clear varnish to make them last longer and easier to clean. Any ladder that was painted was thrown out; paint could hide a crack or rot.


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It depends on voltage level and it depends on ladders.

New ladder and LV line is fine.Old ladder contaminated with water and dust and 35 kV+ line is playing dice with a devil.I saw the consequences.

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Lest I contradict the infinite wisdom of the folks at the CPSC. OSHA, and everywhere else:

Could someone please explain to me how an aluminum ladder is inherently any more dangerous near electricity than an aluminum scaffold or steel lift?

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do rubber wheels count?

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