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Remember:
A chair is not a ladder!!!
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PREPARING TO USE YOUR STEP LADDER:
Using a step ladder.
Step Ladders
Are best for flat surfaces.
· CSA: Be sure your ladder is CSA (Canadian Standards Association)
approved.
· Selecting: Select a ladder made of non-conducive material such as
fibreglass when working around electricity.
· Height: choose a ladder which allows easy reaching without requiring
the user to stand on the top two steps.
· Shelves: if materials are to be lifted up or removed from a raised area
use a ladder with a shelf adequate to hold the items being moved.
· Inspecting: Inspect your ladder for cracks, loose or damaged steps,
worn parts or improper feet etc. before using.
· Check Above: Check for overhead wires, lights, hot pipes, deteriorated
or soft materials 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.
· Doors: If ladder is used near a door, lock or barricade the door and
post a warning sign.
CLIMBING YOUR STEP LADDER:
Footwear: Ensure footwear is clean and dry before climbing a ladder.
· Ascending: Face the ladder at all times and keep the centre of your
body within the side rails. Maintain a “3 Point Contact”!
· 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.
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Combination Ladders
Are better for uneven surfaces.
CAUTION: Never stand on
the top step of a ladder.
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DO NOT stand on the top step or the shelf.
DO NOT overreach.
DO NOT twist your back while reaching on the ladder
DO NOT straddle the space between the ladders and another object.
DO NOT work higher on a ladder than 3 metres (10 feet) without a
properly secured fall arrest system.
STEP
LADDERS
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