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OSHA Ladder Safety Checklist

This OSHA Ladder Safety Checklist was converted using Lumiform and made more efficient to conduct ladder quality inspections. Maximize Lumiform’s features by capturing photos and emphasizing hazards by annotating defects. Record observations and assign actions to your supervisor to notify them about potential hazards detected while working on company ladders.

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OSHA Ladder Safety Checklist


To prevent falls from ladders, make sure you have the following controls in place: Only use ladders that are in good condition and designed to handle the job that needs to be done. Train employees on proper ladder use. Make proper ladder use a performance requirement for the job. Require employees to complete a ladder inspection before each use.

Criteria for Ladder Purchase and Care

Check regulatory standards for the type of ladder you are using.
Use only approved ladders.
Protect wood ladders with a clear sealer, such as varnish, shellac, linseed oil or wood preservative because paint can hide defects.

Ladder Usage

Be sure step ladders are fully open and locked before climbing them.
Place ladder on a flat, secure surface.
Place ladder on a hard surface as it will sink into a soft surface.
Place ladder on non-movable base.
Lean ladder against a secure surface, not boxes or barrels.
Do not place ladder in front of a door.
Position base of ladder one foot away for every four feet of height to where it rests (1:4 ratio).
Ladder rails should extend at least three feet above top landing.
Check shoes to ensure they are free of grease or mud.
Mount the ladder from the center, not from the side.
Face ladder when ascending or descending, and hold on with both hands.
Carry tools in pockets, in a bag attached to a belt, or raise and lowered via a rope.
Don’t climb higher than the third rung from the top.
Work facing the ladder.
Do not overreach, always keep your torso between the ladder rails.
When using a ladder for high places, securely latch or fasten the ladder to prevent slipping.
Avoid outdoor ladder use on windy days.
Avoid aluminum ladders if work must be done around electrical wires or power lines.


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