Fixed Ladders Safety Guidance

Below is a quick guide to common safety issues and protocols. For more, download the PDF.

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This free download covers Fixed Ladders, What To Look For When Climbing, and Inspections of Fixed Ladders. It also has as a video example illustrating new fixed ladder rules and procedures.
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When inspecting fixed ladders before use, look for:

Loose, worn and damaged rungs or side rails
Damaged or a corroded cage
Corroded guard, bolts and rivet heads
Damaged or corroded handrails and brackets on platforms
Broken or loose anchorages
Weakened or damaged rungs on brick or concrete slabs

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When climbing a fixed ladder:

Wait until the other person has exited before ascending or descending.
Use the appropriate safety devices (e.g., restraint belt, traveling fixture).
Maintain three-point contact by keeping two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand on a
ladder always.
Face ladder and use both hands to grip the rungs firmly.
Place feet firmly on each rung.

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Do not carry tools or materials in your hand while climbing. Carry small tools in a tool pouch.
Do not jump from a ladder.
Check footing before descending a ladder.
Do not hurry up or slide down a ladder.