Portable ladders are one of the handiest, simplest tools we use. Portable ladders include stepladders, straight ladders and extension ladders. Portable ladders are available in various grades: light duty or grade 3; medium duty or grade 2; heavy duty or grade 1.
The main causes of ladder accidents are:
- The ladder is in poor condition.
- The ladder is poorly located and incorrectly positioned.
- The ladder is placed on a dirty, greasy, or uneven surface.
- The person does not use proper techniques for working on the ladder.
The key to using a ladder safely is to select the right ladder, set it up so it is stable, and pay attention to work techniques.
Ladder Safety: Extension Ladders
Ladder Safety: Ladders on Scaffolds
Electrocution/Work Safely with Ladders Near Power Lines
Ladder Safety: Stepladders