Things to consider while buying portable ladders for your industrial usage

If you plan to use tools, get a tool tray fitted to the top-cap of the ladder. Make sure the ladder is rated to support the combined weight of yourself and the equipment being used. These ladders are less stable than step ladders and while some of the safety requirements are the same there are other things that must be in place to ensure the safety of those using these types of ladders. Inspection of the condition of the rungs sidebars and feet is needed as well as the condition of the extension locks and cams on extension ladders. The angle of the ladder should be 1:4 that is 1 unit away from the supporting structure for every 4 units of height.

· Perth ladders should not be used at heights greater than 6 meters or about 20 feet.

· The top of the ladder should be least 3 rungs above the top surface of the support structure and should be securely fastened.

· The base of the ladder should be fixed to prevent the ladder from slipping away from the supporting structure. This is particularly applies when the top of the ladder is resting against a vertical surface and cannot be securely fastened there.

· Adjust the feet of the ladder so that it doesn’t lean to the side.

· Be aware of movement of people or other traffic (cars, forklifts) around the area and block off access if necessary.

· Face the ladder at all times while working from the ladder.

· Tools and other equipment should not be carried while climbing the ladder in order to maintain 3 points of contact.

· Don’t climb above the top supported rung of a ladder that extends beyond the top surface of a support structure or the third lowest rung where the top of the ladder is resting against a vertical surface.

· Don’t extend your body from the side of the ladder more than half its width.

· Only one person at a time should be on the ladder.

While there are no guarantees in life, following these basic precautions will significantly reduce the risk of falling from a ladder and being injured. The Safety Bloke has worked as a full time health and safety professional for more than 30 years in both government and private sectors. This has enabled him to gain a great deal of knowledge and experience in the practical management of health and safety in modern workplaces.

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