TOOLBOX TALK 37/60
TOPIC: STRAIGHT LADDERS
OBJECTIVE: TO ENSURE THE SAFE USE OF STRAIGHT LADDERS
Ladders Part 2:
Accident studies have shown that ladders have been involved in a high percentage of the falls, especially builders, electricians, and painters. This does not mean that ladders are unsafe – not if they are used properly.
- Make sure the straight ladder is the proper length. It should extend 1m above area of access.
- It should be on firm footing.
- Adjust ladder to proper slope (1 to 4).
- Ladders should not be painted as painting hides cracks and damage.
- Clean dirty, oily and greasy rungs and side rails before climbing.
- Check conditions of rungs and side rails before climbing.
- Face the ladder when climbing. Never carry tools or materials up the ladder.
- Tie the ladder off at the top and cleat at the base.
- Never overreach when on a ladder. A way to remember this is to always keep your centre of balance between the rails – also known as the belly button rule!
- Landings should be provided if the height exceeds 9m.
Questions you can use to get them talking:
- Is the ladder the right type and length for the job?
- Is the ladder in good physical condition?
- Is the ladder on the level and tied off?
- Is the ladder being used properly?
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