Lucy Kokor March 4, 2021 No Comments

March is National Ladder Safety Month. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), ladder incidents cause more than 15,000 nonfatal injuries involving days away from work a year, and about 34,000 nonfatal injuries treated in emergency departments.

Here are tips from OSHA to keep you safe while using a ladder:

  • Keep ladders free of oil, grease and other slip hazards.
  • Do not load ladders beyond their maximum intended load or beyond the manufacturer’s rated capacity.
  • Do not use ladders on slippery surfaces unless they are secured or provided with slip-resistant feet.
  • Take steps to secure ladders in areas where they can be displaced by work activities.
  • Keep areas clear around the top and bottom of ladders.
  • Do not move, shift or extend ladders while in use.
  • Use ladders equipped with nonconductive side rails if the worker or the ladder could contact exposed, energized electrical equipment.
  • Face the ladder when moving up or down.
  • Use at least one hand to grasp the ladder when climbing.
  • Do not carry objects or loads that could cause loss of balance and falling.