A few factors that contribute to falls from ladders include haste, sudden movement, lack of attention, the condition of the ladder (worn or damaged), the user's physical condition, and the user's footwear.
Below are a few key points to remember when using a ladder:
- Choose the correct ladder for the job.
- Always use three (3) points of contact.
- Although the user's weight or size typically does not increase the likelihood of a fall, improper climbing posture creates user clumsiness and may cause falls.
Reduce your chances of falling during the climb by:
- Wearing slip-resistant shoes with heavy soles to prevent foot fatigue.
- Cleaning the soles of shoes to maximize traction.
- Using towlines, a tool belt or an assistant to convey materials so that the climber’s hands are free when climbing.
- Climbing slowly and deliberately while avoiding sudden movements.
- Never attempting to move a ladder while standing on it.
- Keeping the center of your belt buckle (stomach) between the ladder side rails when climbing and while working.
- Do not overreach or lean while working so that you don't fall off the ladder sideways or pull the ladder over sideways while standing on it.
As always, we should all be taking every precaution reasonable to protect one another.
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