August 2013 - Portable Ladder Safety

August 2013 - Portable Ladder Safety
Volume 3, Number 2
Safety Matters
Safety Matters is the monthly
awareness letter of the
Centennial School District
certified Joint Labor/
Management Workplace
Safety Committee.
433 Centennial Road
Warminster, PA 18974
The Joint Labor/Management Safety CommiƩee
asks that all employees of the District join us in raising
awareness of this safety topic by sharing the enclosed
informaƟon with others.
August 2013 is
Phone: 215-441-6000
Portable Ladder Safety Awareness Month
Please post in a prominent location at your
workplace for other employees to see.
Portable Ladder
Falls from portable ladders (step,
straight, combination and extension) are one of
the leading causes of occupational fatalities and
• Read and follow all labels/markings on the ladder.
• Avoid electrical hazards! – Look for overhead
power lines before handling a ladder. Avoid
using a metal ladder near power lines or
exposed energized electrical equipment.
• Always inspect the ladder prior to using it. If the
ladder is damaged, it must be removed from
service and tagged until repaired or discarded.
• Always maintain a 3-point
(two hands and a foot, or
two feet and a hand) contact on the ladder when
climbing. Keep your body
near the middle of the step
and always face the ladder
while climbing (see diagram).
• Only use ladders and appropriate accessories (ladder
levelers, jacks or hooks) for
their designed purposes.
3-Point Contact
• Ladders must be free of any
slippery material on the
rungs, steps or feet.
• Do not use a self-supporting ladder (e.g., step
ladder) as a single ladder or in a partially closed
• Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder as
a step/rung unless it was designed for that
(continued on reverse)
• Use a ladder only on a stable and level surface,
unless it has been secured (top or bottom) to
prevent displacement.
• Do not place a ladder on boxes, barrels or other
unstable bases to obtain additional height.
3 ft.
• The proper angle for
setting up a ladder is to
place its base a quarter
of the working length of
the ladder from the wall
or other vertical surface
(see diagram).
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• An extension or straight
ladder used to access an
elevated surface must
extend at least 3 feet
above the point of support (see diagram). Do
not stand on the three
top rungs of a straight,
single or extension ladder.
• Do not move or shift a ladder while a person or
equipment is on the ladder.
• A ladder placed in any
location where it can
be displaced by other
work activities must
be secured to prevent
displacement or a barricade must be
keep traffic away from the ladder.
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• Be sure that all locks on an extension ladder are
properly engaged.
• Do not exceed the maximum load rating of a
ladder. Be aware of the ladder’s load rating and
of the weight it is supporting, including the
weight of any tools or equipment.
Safety and Health
U.S. Department of Labor (800) 321-OSHA (6742)
OSHA 3246-10N-05
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