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We can't tell you how many people are injured every year falling from ladders while at work or while helping a friend or neighbor.  Many of these accidents cause serious injury and even death.  Here are some important things to keep in mind should you, a friend or fellow worker need to use a ladder.
  • Always make sure the ladder is in a safe operation condition and can support the weight that will be on it.
  • Choose the correct ladder for the job at hand.
  • Make sure the ladder is on flat level ground and standing at about a 75 degree angle.
  • Check to make sure the feet of the ladder are secure and that the rubber grippers are in good condition.  Test the ladder before climbing.
  • Make sure the ladder extension locks are securely in place and locked (if you don't know what we're talking about, see this scene:  LADDER SAFETY
  • Extend the ladder about 3 feet above the roof line and make sure it can't slide.  Tie off the ladder or buy ladder supports that distribute the weight out wider for better stabilization.
  • Never use a metal ladder near electrical devices or lines.
  • Always have someone hold the bottom of the ladder if possible.
  • Don't place ladder near a door where someone can open it and hit the ladder
  • Do not lean while on the ladder and don't step on the top 3 rungs or any rungs that may extend above the roof line.
  • When the work is complete, store the ladder in a safe place to prevent children or others from playing on it.

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