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Ladder Safety Tips


  • Ladders should be placed so each side rail is on level and firm footing so the ladder is rigid, stable and secure.
  • Boxes, loose bricks, or other loose packing should not support the side rails.
  • No ladder should be placed in front of a door opening towards the ladder.
  • The correct angle for a freestanding ladder is 4 to 1. For every 4 lengths up the ladder should stand 1 length away from the house.
  • Ladders should rise to a height of at least 3 feet above any landing place for people using the ladder.
  • Ladders should be securely fixed at the top and base so they can’t from move either points of rest. If this is not possible, then a person should stand at the base of the ladder and secure it manually.


  • Carry tools and supplies in belts or pouches around the waist, never in your hands.
  • Don’t use the top step of the ladder for standing or stepping.
  • If you have a fear of heights – STOP – don’t climb a ladder let someone else do it.
  • Read and follow the manufacturer’s warning stickers attached to the ladder. It is amazing how few people read this information.
  • Only one person at a time may work from a single ladder.
  • Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
  • Don’t use a ladder if it is missing, or has a weakened, broken or otherwise defective rung or tread.
  • No metal ladder or ladder reinforced with wire should be used in the vicinity of any electrical conductor or any electrical equipment.
  • Always maintain 3 points of contact with the ladder (2 feet/1 hand or 2 hands/1 foot should be in contact with ladder at all times).
  • A ladder should not be used for any use other than its correct use as a ladder. For Example: Scaffolding.


  • Carry the ladder balanced horizontally, never up and down.
  • Watch your step while carrying the ladder to avoid tripping hazards.