This template is used to discuss how to identify and prevent hazards when using portable ladders. Use the Lumiform app to confirm that the safety tip information has been fully understood by all workers before starting work. Record any hazards that occur during the shift to address the problem and take the necessary action.
Injuries caused by raising a ladder or slipping, falling or collapsing a ladder can be resolved by ladder self-inspections.
Read all labels and markings on the ladder before use. Follow the instructions.
Avoid electrical risks (look for powerlines above you)
Do not use a metal ladder in areas with power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment.
Inspect the ladder before every use. If the ladder is broken or not usable, remove it from service until it is repaired (if it can not be repaired, you need to throw it away)
An extension ladder or straight ladder used to enter an elevated surface must reach at least 3 feet above the position of support. Also, do not stand on the three top rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.
The precise angle for setting up a ladder is to place its base a quarter of the working height of the ladder from the wall or other vertical surfaces.
Do not move or shift a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.
Sustain a 3-point contact (two hands and a foot or two feet and one hand) whenever you are climbing the ladder. Try to keep your body in the middle of the step and always look at the ladder while climbing.
Do not put a ladder on any unstable bases (e.g. boxes) to get extra height.
Only use the ladders for their designed purpose.
Ladders have to be free of any slippery material (especially on the steps or your body parts that touch the ladder)
Use a ladder only on a reliable and flat surface, unless it has been secured (top or bottom) to prevent displacement.
Make sure that all locks on an extension ladder are correctly applied.
Do not overload the ladder. Be aware of the ladder’s maximum load rating and of the weight it is holding, including the weight of any equipment.
A ladder installed in any location where other work actions can remove it must be secured to prevent displacement, or a blockade must be erected to keep transactions away from the ladder.
Don't use self-supporting ladders as a single ladder or in a partly shut position.
Do not use the highest step/rung of a ladder as a step/rung except it was made for that mission.
Follow up Questions
Are there any reported broken or otherwise damaged ladders?
Did anything dangerous happen?
Is there anything unclear regarding the ladder safety discussion?
Please note that this checklist template is a hypothetical appuses-hero example and provides only standard information. The template does not aim to replace, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice, medical advice, diagnosis or treatment, or any other applicable law. You should seek your professional advice to determine whether the use of such a checklist is appropriate in your workplace or jurisdiction.
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