Safety, May 18, 2010

Some ladder safety rules depend on the type of ladder you use.

Some ladder safety rules depend on the type of ladder you use.

Three rules for extension ladders include:

  1. Secure the ladder so it can't inadvertently slide out from under you. One way to do this is to tie a lower rung to an anchor point (e.g., vertical I-beam).
  2. Leave at least three rungs of overlap between sections, or get a longer ladder.
  3. Extend the ladder so it reaches 3 ft above the top supporting point.

Three rules for step ladders include:

  1. Open it completely, and lock the braces.
  2. Rest all four feet on level footing.
  3. Stand only on steps that are below the top step.
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