Tips for Ladder Safety in Construction

There’s a reason why every construction team conducts a safety seminar that outlines the several tips for ladder safety within a construction site.

In some cases, a construction team can never start any project until everyone undergoes training and safety seminars. You will never know when a tragedy will happen at a construction site.

One common accident that can happen with any construction team is when they fall off of ladders.

You might think a professional worker can’t get in an accident when using a ladder. That’s where you’re wrong.

If you are currently forming a new construction team, you need to give them helpful tips on using a ladder properly. 

Tips for Ladder Safety in Construction:

Tip #1: Hire a professional trainer:

Most construction companies train their workers to use a ladder the right way by hiring a professional trainer.

You can always trust them to provide adequate training to your construction team because of their extensive knowledge and years of experience learning how to use the ladder safely. 

Besides using it, they also give helpful tips on how a person can carry, keep, or maintain a ladder and ensure it doesn’t cause any fatal injuries. 

Tip #2: Choose the correct ladder for a specific job:

Workers who don’t have enough working experience think they can use any ladder for any job.

You can find that different kinds of ladders provide various benefits and features that other ladder types don’t have.

You can see that there are ladders rated with varying capacities of load. 

Also have to consider the weight of the worker and the tools that they usually bring along when climbing the ladder because it will make a massive difference with the load capacity.

Some ladders can only extend themselves to a specific distance, so you have to choose one that can reach a certain height, or else your workers will have issues. 

And if you have people working near electrical hazards, such as electrical poles or wires, you can get a ladder with non-conductive materials, such as rubberized steps, rails, and footing.

Ensure that the ladder you choose ticks off all of the checkboxes on what you need so that construction workers can do their jobs effectively. 

Tip #3: Inspect ladders before using them:

The most obvious tip that you need to remember is to inspect all of your ladders before you prop them up.

There were previous instances when construction workers failed to check the ladder that had a crack on the rail or a loose screw, which resulted in them getting hurt that could have potentially lost their lives. 

No person can fall from a great height without sustaining severe injuries, so you need to warn your workers at all times to inspect their ladders.

Once you figure out the damaged ladders, it’s best to mark them with a warning on the railings or somewhere that a person can easily see to prevent anyone from using it if they need to use ladder access.

And if you want the inspections done correctly, consider hiring a competent person to handle them to avoid any unfortunate accidents. 

Tip #4: Always maintain three points of contact:

It means that a worker needs to have at least two hands and one foot or the other way around on the railing.

Anyone who uses the ladder needs to maintain three points of contact all the time to prevent them from accidentally slipping off or losing grip of the ladder.

Even hanging with one foot and hand on the ladder steps is prohibited by many safety professionals because using a single hand when you lose your footing won’t suffice. 

And if workers bring tools or equipment along with them, make sure they use a belt or something they can wear around their body that frees their hands to ensure they get a firm grip on the ladder steps.

If they lift heavy equipment that requires two people, it’s best to avoid using the ladder and use another method to bring it up safely. 

Tip #5: Setting up ladders correctly:

When workers plan to reach a certain height of a structure, they need to use a ladder that can extend more than three feet more than the level.

Doing so can let the workers place the ladders at a safe angle, ensuring the ladder won’t topple to the opposite side. Placing a ladder that’s close to 80 degrees can already be dangerous. 

Once you can place the ladder at a safe angle, the next factor to watch out for is the ground.

You have to clear any debris that can potentially cause the ladder’s foot to slip, such as loose dirt or moss.

It’s never a good idea to place it on an uneven surface because it might cause the entire ladder to lose its footing. 

Conclusion:

You won’t have any problems with your construction team using the ladder anymore when you keep in mind the several ladder safety tips mentioned above. 

Hello, I'm Rahul Patil founder of Constructionor.com, I had studied B.E. Civil. This blog provides authentic information regarding civil structures, equipment, materials, tests & much more.

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