The use of wooden ladders and rope ladders are prohibited on the project. Ladders shall be inspected prior to each use. In addition, ladders shall be inspected and documented by the end user. Pipeworx do have an inspection log in place for all ladders, if you are unsure please ask your safety. Damaged ladders shall be tagged as defective and taken out of service immediately.
Fibreglass ladders, which are not good conductors, shall be used when there is a requirement for work in proximity to electrical equipment. Wooden job built ladders are prohibited. Aluminium ladders shall not be used in proximity to electrical equipment.
All ladders shall be tied off prior to each use to prevent movement. Another worker shall hold ladders until tie-off is complete.
When carrying out temporary work from ladders more than 1.8 m (6 ft.) in elevation, or when unable to maintain three-point contact, employees shall wear full body harnesses tied to a substantial structure other than the ladder.
When working off the ladder the body shall not be extended in a manner that allows the belt buckle to pass beyond the rails. Ladders are not a substitute for safe work platforms. The primary purpose of ladders is for access/egress.
As always, ladders shall be placed on a solid base. Plywood (minimum ¾ in.) must be used whenever ladders are set up in a mud or on grating to ensure a solid and stable base.
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