Step Ladder Safety

  • Always ensure that the ladder is placed on a firm level surface
  • Check that the foot is in contact with the surface
  • Ensure that spreaders are fully extended prior to use
  • Do not use a ladder if the spreader is missing, loose or damaged
  • Regularly check ladder feet for excessive wear
  • When ascending or descending a ladder you must be facing the ladder and have three limbs in contact with the ladder at all times
  • Never stand or sit on the top cap.  They are not designed to be used as a step/seat.
  • Never stand on the tread immediately below the top cap as you may lose your balance
  • Do not over reach when using a new ladder - ensure your body is centred within the ladder stiles, Keep you belt buckle inside the foot area of the ladder
  • Always descend the ladder prior to moving the ladder - do not attempt to make the ladder walk
  • Before moving a ladder take care to ensure that all tools and other items have been removed
  • Do not use a closed stepladder as a non self supporting ladder (e.g. leaning against a wall)
  • Do not climb from one ladder to another
  • Do not use ladders as trestles as they are not designed for this type of use
  • Never use a metal stepladder where an electrical hazard exists
  • Do not exceed the load rating of the ladder
  • Do not use a Domestic duty rated ladder for frequent heavy use, or in a workplace, industrial duty rated ladder must be used
  • Carry tools and materials in a tool belt or have them passed to you