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Basic Ladder Safety Guidelines

Published June 22, 2019 by Matt Fendon Law Group | Workers' Compensation

People in Arizona might find themselves in need of using a ladder while at work for a variety of situations. While commonly associated with jobs in the construction industry, people in retail, warehouse and even office jobs might need a ladder to help them reach something. It is important for everyone to be well-versed in some of the basic safety guidelines associated with proper ladder use. Employers have the responsibility to ensure these things are communicated and followed.

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration has specific guidelines in place for any portable ladder. This includes straight, step and extension ladders. One of the first things people should always do is check a ladder before using it to make sure it is in good working condition. Ladders should only be positioned on hard and stable ground, never on other items that help add more height. Locks should always be put in place before stepping on a ladder.

People should always look toward a ladder and keep two feet and one hand or vice versa on the ladder at all times. Between the weight of the person and any tools or other items carried or set on the ladder, the total load should not exceed the maximum allowable weight for that ladder.

If you would like to learn more about how to protect yourself and seek assistance after an accident at work in which a safety violation may have been involved, please feel free to visit the injured employee’s assistance page of our Arizona workers’ compensation website.

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