A Word of Caution: SAFETY FIRST!
A ladder is a tool like any other. If used properly and according to safety guidelines, it will give many years of trouble-free service. However, if proper cautions are not taken, accidents can occur. Please read and follow all instructions and labels accompanying each ladder to reduce safety and overload hazards. Failure to comply may result in serious injury or death.
- Select a proper ladder for the job being performed.
- Choose a ladder of the correct size to reach your desired working height.
- Select a ladder within proper capacity for working conditions. The Duty Rating of the ladder must be greater that the total weight of the climber, tools, supplies, and other objects placed upon the ladder. See labels to determine weight capacity.
- Inspect ladder upon receipt and before each use; NEVER climb a damaged, bent or broken ladder. All parts must be in good working order. Make sure all rivets, joints, nuts and bolts are tight, and steps and spreaders are secure.
- Never make temporary repairs to damaged or missing parts.
- Do not use any components not supplied or approved by the manufacturer.
1. DANGER! Metal conducts electricity! Do not let ladders of any material come in contact with live electrical wires.
2. Make sure the ladder is placed on firm level ground. The feet should be even and positioned solidly. If the ground is soft or uneven, use boards under the legs for support. Test the ladder to verify that it is secure.
3. Do not place ladder on boxes, unstable bases or scaffolds for additional height.
4. Do not place ladder in front of unlocked doorways or use in other high traffic areas.
5. Exercise caution when using ladders outdoors in heavy winds or other unsafe weather conditions.
PROPER CLIMBING & USE
- Only use a ladder if you are in good physical condition. Never operate while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or other medications, or if you are in ill health. Do not leave ladder set up and unattended, especially near children.
- Always use caution. Improper climbing posture creates user clumsiness and may cause falls. Climb slowly and deliberately and avoid sudden movements.
- When climbing, utilize the Three Points-of-Contact rule, as it minimizes the chances of slipping and falling from the ladder. At all times during ascent or descent, the climber must face the ladder and have two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder cleats and/or side rails. In this way, the climber is not likely to become unstable in the event one limb slips during the climb.
- Make sure hands, shoes and ladder rungs are dry. Wear slip-resistant work shoes with arch support and heavy soles to prevent foot fatigue.
- Do not attempt to move the ladder while it is occupied. Do not overload. Do not over reach. You may lose your balance and tip the ladder.
- If possible, use a second person to hold the bottom of the ladder and prevent others from disturbing ladder. Climb slowly with weight centered between side rails. Do not lean back.
PROPER CARE & STORAGE
- Store ladder in a safe and dry place
- Properly secure and support ladder while in transit or storage.
- Never store material on ladder.
- Keep ladder clean and free of all foreign material.