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Portable Ladder Safety
BY GARY GANDEE, CIRCUIT RIDER #2
WARMER WEATHER IS here and with that comes all the home/work projects that may require the
use of portable ladders. Hundreds of people die each year due to falls from ladders and many of them
are on the jobsite when it happens. Many of these accidents could have been prevented by following
the below OSHA guidelines:

We need to
remember
that ladders
are inherently
dangerous,
and using
them
incorrectly
or using the
wrong ladder
for the job
can result in
serious injury.

* Read and follow all labels/markings on
the ladder.
* Avoid electrical hazards! Look for overhead
power lines before handling a ladder. Avoid
using a metal ladder near power lines or
exposed energized electrical equipment.
* Always inspect the ladder prior to using it. If
the ladder is damaged, it must be removed from
service and tagged until repaired or discarded.
* Always maintain a 3-point (two hands and a
foot, or two feet and a hand) contact on the
ladder when climbing. Keep your body near the
middle of the step and always face the ladder
while climbing.
* Only use ladders and appropriate accessories (ladder levelers, jacks or hooks) for their
designed purposes.
* Ladders must be free of any slippery material
on the rungs, steps or feet.
* Do not use a self-supporting ladder (e.g., step
ladder) as a single ladder or in a partially
closed position.

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* Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder as a step/
rung unless it was designed for that purpose.
* Use a ladder only on a stable and level surface,
unless it has been secured (top or bottom) to
prevent displacement.
* Do not place a ladder on boxes, barrels or other
unstable bases to obtain additional height.
* Do not move or shift a ladder while a person
or equipment is on the ladder.
* An extension or straight ladder used to access
an elevated surface must extend at least three
feet above the point of support. Do not stand
on the three top rungs of a straight, single or
extension ladder.
* The proper angle for setting up a ladder is
to place its base a quarter of the working
length of the ladder from the wall or other
vertical surface.
* A ladder placed in any location where it can
be displaced by other work activities must be
secured to prevent displacement or a barricade must be erected to keep traffic away from
the ladder.
* Be sure that all locks on an extension ladder
are properly engaged.
* Do not exceed the maximum load rating of
a ladder. Be aware of the ladder's load rating
and of the weight it is supporting, including
the weight of any tools or equipment.
We get so used to using ladders every day
that sometimes we get complacent and don't pay
close attention to what we're doing. We need to
remember that ladders are inherently dangerous,
and using them incorrectly or using the wrong
ladder for the job can result in serious injury.
When employers take the time and effort to learn
OSHA's ladder regulations and train workers,
serious injuries or deaths from ladder falls can
be prevented.
For more information, go to https://www.osha.
gov/Publications/portable_ladder_qc.html.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Summer 2017

From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
Locating Plastic Pipe
The Value of VRWA
Portable Ladder Safety
The Chesapeake Bay
These Boots Are Made For...What?
RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
VRWA Member Corner
eLearning Benefits
Membership Application
Benefits for VRWA Members
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Intro
Streamline - Summer 2017 - cover1
Streamline - Summer 2017 - cover2
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 3
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the President: 2017 Legislative Efforts
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - From the Executive Director: Give Us Another Drum Roll Please…
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 2017 VRWA Conference Highlights
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - Locating Plastic Pipe
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Value of VRWA
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Portable Ladder Safety
Streamline - Summer 2017 - The Chesapeake Bay
Streamline - Summer 2017 - These Boots Are Made For...What?
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - RUS-Funded Projects: New Requirements
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 31
Streamline - Summer 2017 - SOPs: The First Step to Sustainable Utilities
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - Throwing My Loop: The Horse Trailer with the Broken Heart (Part Two)
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Member Corner
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 38
Streamline - Summer 2017 - eLearning Benefits
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Membership Application
Streamline - Summer 2017 - Benefits for VRWA Members
Streamline - Summer 2017 - 42
Streamline - Summer 2017 - VRWA Committees
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Streamline - Summer 2017 - Index to Advertisers/Ad.com
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