Ladder Safety Checklist

Ladder Safety Checklist


Ladder Safety When Roofing

Just like any other item that is used for maintenance and home construction, ladders are also tools. The ladder safety statistics shows that more than 300 people die each year, because of improper ladder use. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates on ladder safety that requires inspection and ladder training to roofers, who use ladders every day. The purpose of the OSHA regulations is all about spreading awareness among the roofers and other workers about the risk and how they can prevent them. Ladder safety is the most common citations during OSHA inspections, and to avoid penalties or fines be sure to follow the ladder safety regulation.

·      Check your surroundings:

Before taking one step on the ladder, be sure to check your surroundings. Check the ladder placing spot and make sure the spot is clear to place the ladder. Make sure that the ladder is not interfering or harming any gutter system the house as attached.

·      Ladder Inspection:

It is extremely important to inspect your ladder for any damage or defects. Inspect the hooks, rails, rope, footpads, and rungs to prevent any damage. Also make sure that the ladder has no oil or grease on it that might make it slippery. In case you are using a wooden ladder for roofing, check thoroughly for any weak spot as these ladder are not long lasting.

   Ladder Safety Tips

  1. Make sure to secure the ladder from top and bottom.
  2. Make sure to place the ladder on secure base.
  3. Ladder should extend at least 3ft (90 cm) above the access level of the roof.
  4. Make sure to set up the ladder at a slope of 4 – 1 which means one foot back for every four feet up.
  5. Do not carry any tools and materials in your hand when climbing up or down.
  6. Always make a three point contact to climb up or down a ladder which means two feet and one hand on the ladder or two hands and one foot.
  7. When climbing face the ladder always.
  8. Make sure that your foot wear is clean.
  9. If someone is already on the ladder never steps on until they stepped off.
  10. Keep an eye out for electrical lines, when moving a ladder from one place to another.
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