Both single and extension ladders should be equipped with
nonskid safety feet and should be placed on a firm, level
surface. The distance from the ladder's base to the wall
should equal one-fourth the distance from the base to the
point of support.
Never set ladders on boxes or other objects to
make the ladder reach higher areas.
Lock or barricade any doors that may open toward
Approximately three feet of a straight ladder
should extend above the topmost spot to be reached.
Never stand above the third rung from the top
of a straight ladder or above the second highest step of a
Never use stepladders as straight ladders. Open
stepladders fully and make sure that the spreader is locked
Only one person should be on a ladder at a time
and should always face the ladder when going up or down.
While on a straight ladder, hold on with one hand
and don't overreach. It's safer to climb down and move the
ladder. Use a safety belt if both hands have to be occupied.
If you use a metal ladder, make sure that it-or
you-doesn't come into contact with
electric wires or equipment.
Never carry large objects while ascending or descending
a ladder. To carry tools and accessories, use shoulder straps, bags, or hand lines.
Inspect all ladders at regular intervals.
Defective ladders should be tagged "dangerous-do
not use," and removed from service without delay.
Ladder steps and rungs should be kept free from
oil and other foreign matter.
Ladders should not be painted because paint may
When not in use, ladders should be kept on
racks having sufficient supporting points to prevent sagging.