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Fixed Ladders-Toolbox Talks

The Following Key and Essential Points Should be Observed When Using Ladders:

  1. Where possible, install ladders on a firm and balanced base. Where this is not applicable, the ladder stiles should be firmly, strongly and appropriately toed in.
  2. Ensure that the ladder cannot slip. Always make sure that it is securely and firmly staked to prevent it from moving.
  3. Make sure the ladder is properly tied near the top if it is being used as a means of access to a working platform or other tasks, e.g., to access a deep excavation, ties should always be adjusted to the stiles, not rungs!
  4. Always use both hands when climbing and descending while using the ladders. Grip the ladder stiles, not the rungs, and make sure practising 3-points of contact methodology at all times.
  5. Keep rungs and footwear clean. Contamination of mud, greasy, oily and dirt should be frequently removed to prevent injuries by feet slipping.
  6. While using the ladder for climbing or descending purposes, adjust it at the correct angle (75ยบ to the horizontal) or 4:1.
  7. Immediately report any faults/defects that are damaged in the ladder to the site’ accountable personal (Supervisor) as soon as they become apparent, and take it out of service.
  8. Remember! Never use a ladder with missing or broken rungs, otherwise, it could be worst.
  9. Don’t install a ladder on a container, box, sheet, or any unstable and or uneven base.
  10. Don’t overload a ladder or rest a scaffold board on the rungs.
  11. Never use ladders that are too short and don’t lead to the proper required destination. They should extend above the landing platform or clear landing area by 5 clear rungs to provide a safe and secure handhold.
  12. Ensure that ladders are the right way up! When positioning timber ladders. Ensure that the metal tie rods on the underside of the rungs.
  13. Never try or practice the use of a metal ladder near-live or exposed electrical installations. Otherwise, any fatal electrical hazard may exist.
  14. Never try to overreach from any type of ladder. If you cannot reach the required area, move the ladder ahead where easily you can perform your task.
  15. Never use the ladder as a ramp for moving materials.

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