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LADDER SAFETY / Dual Purpose Ladder Safety

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  • When using as a stepladder ensure that all aspects of ‘safe use and care’ of stepladders are observed.
  • When used as a straight ladder ensure that all aspects of safe use and care of extension ladders are observed.
  • Special care should be taken to ensure all locking devices are in the appropriate position according to the mode of use.
  • When transporting dual purpose ladders, they must be secured and transported in the stepladder mode.
  • Always ensure that the ladder is placed on a firm level surface. Check that each foot is in contact with the surface.
  • Regularly check ladder feet for excessive wear.
  • When ascending or descending a ladder you must be facing the ladder and have three limbs in contact with the ladder at all times.
  • Never stand or sit on the top cap. They are not designed to be used as a tread/seat.
  • Never over reach when using a ladder - ensure your body is centred within the ladder stiles. Keep your belt buckle inside the foot area.
  • Always descend the ladder prior to moving the ladder - do not attempt to make the ladder walk.
  • Before moving a ladder take care to ensure that all tools and other items have been removed from the ladder.
  • Do not use a closed stepladder as a non-self supporting ladder (e.g. leaning against a wall).
  • Do not climb from one ladder to another.
  • Do not use ladders as trestles, they are not designed for this.
  • Never use a metal step ladder where an electrical hazard exists.
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