Ladders must have non-slip feet and be secured against movement prior to use. Ladders must be inspected prior to use and if any damage is found the ladder must be taken out of service and tagged “Do not use”.
Extension ladders must extended a minimum of one meter above any working platforms or landings, and must always be securely attached to prevent any movement. It must be positioned so that it is no more than one quarter of its height away from the wall or structure against which it stands, and the worker must not work from either of the top two rungs.
Extension ladders must be equipped with suitable extension locks. Painted wooden ladders must not be used since coated surfaces may be conductive. Metal ladders must never be used near electrical services or appliances.
When climbing ladders, workers should always maintain three points of contact at all times and be facing the ladder when climbing up or down. Avoid carrying tools or materials in your hands while climbing ladders.
When using ladders as an elevated work platform a full body harness tied to a suitable anchor point other than the ladder itself must be used if the work area is more the 3 meters from ground level.
When using ladders in or over travel paths ensure that the work area is barricaded off to prevent people from walking under the ladder, opening doors into ladders, etc.
Ladders must be removed and properly stored after each use. Leaving ladders leaning against equipment, vessels, etc., is not acceptable.
All ladders must have load rated specifications labels affixed. These limits must not be exceeded at any time.
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