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PREPARING TO USE YOUR EXTENSION LADDER:
· CSA: Be sure your ladder is CSA (Canadian Standards Association)
approved.
· Ensure the ladder is the correct length – at least 1 metre longer than
the working height.
· Selecting: Select a ladder made of non-conducive material such as
fibreglass when working around electricity.
Extension Ladder
For every 4 units rise in
height, the ladder should
extend out from the wall
by one unit.
· Inspecting: Inspect your ladder for cracks, loose rungs, etc. before
using.
· Check Above: Check for overhead wires, lights, etc. prior to erecting
the ladder.
· Footing: Place the ladder on a firm, level footing and secure the bottom
to prevent slipping. It is good practice to have someone hold the ladder
base to prevent slipping.
· Congestion: If ladder is used in a high-traffic area, erect barricades or
use pylons.
·
Housekeeping: Keep the area around the base of the ladder clear of
unnecessary items and debris.
CLIMBING AN EXTENSION LADDER:
· Footwear: Ensure footwear is clean and dry before climbing a ladder.
CAUTION: Never stand on
the top two steps of an
extension ladder.
· Ascending: Face the ladder at all times and keep the centre of your
body within the side rails. Maintain a “3 Point Contact” on the ladder at
all times.
· Objects: Do not carry objects in your hands while ascending or
descending ladder. Use a hoist, attach tools/materials to your belt, or
have someone hand them to you.
CAUTION:
· DO NOT Stand on the top two steps or on any attached shelf
· DO NOT Overreach
· DO NOT twist your back while reaching on the ladder
CAUTION: Always keep your
body between the rails of
the ladder.
· DO NOT straddle the space between the ladders and another object
· DO NOT work higher than 3 metres (10 feet) on a ladder without a
properly secured fall arrest system.
EXTENSION LADDERS
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