Photo courtesy of David Risner

There are many hazards associated with ladder safety.  Addressing these hazards can help reduce some of those associated with extension ladders.  

When using extension ladders as a means of access to a higher working surface:

  • Ensure that the top and bottom of the ladder is secured to reduce the potential for slipping or moving of the ladder. 
  • Before each use inspect the following:

    - Rungs and steps.  If they are bent or broken, they need to be replaced.  Make sure they
      are free of dirt, grease and oil

    - Locking mechanism.  Latches should move freely and springs should be in good
  • Allow the ladder to overlap the upper landing by 3 ft.  

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