Stepladder Safety

• Always ensure that the ladder is placed on a firm level surface.

• Check that each foot is in contact with the surface.

• Ensure that spreaders are fully extended prior to use.

• Do not use a ladder if the spreader is missing, loose or damaged.

• Regularly check ladder feet for excessive wear.

• When ascending or descending a ladder you must be facing the ladder and have three limbs in contact with the ladder at all times.

• Never stand or sit on the top cap.

• Never stand on the tread immediately below the top cap as you may lose your balance.

• Do not over reach when using a ladder - ensure your body is centred within the ladder stiles.

• Always descend the ladder prior to moving the ladder - do not attempt to make the ladder walk.

• Before moving a ladder take care to ensure that all tools and other items have been removed.

• Do not use a closed stepladder as a non-self supporting ladder unless it has been design for this purpose (leaning ladder)

• Do not climb from one ladder to another.

• Do not use ladders as trestles as they are not designed for this type of use.

• Never use a metal stepladder where an electrical hazard exists.

• Do not exceed the load rating of the ladder.

• Do not use a ‘Domestic’ duty rated ladder for frequent heavy use, or in a workplace, an ‘Industrial’ duty rated ladder must be used.

• Carry tools and materials in a tool belt or have them passed to you.

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