Safety should always be a top priority before taking the first step on a ladder. Before using any ladder or step, it is essential to inspect it thoroughly. Any broken or faulty parts must be repaired or replaced before proceeding.
Here’s a safety checklist to help you understand what needs checking before climbing your ladder:
- Locks and spreader bars
- Steps, rungs & treads – look for dents & dings and ensure that they are all present
- Ladder and step ladder stiles – the side parts of the ladder
- Rivets, welds and rung/tread connections
- Rubber safety feet are present and not missing
- Ropes and pulleys – found on rope-operated ladders
Ladder Safety Month, an initiative from the American Ladder Institute, takes place in March. We encourage you to download the ladder safety resources, including this PDF on ‘Safety Before the First Step‘, to understand what to look out for before using your ladder or step.
TB Davies offers a range of Ladder Association and PASMA-accredited courses, with courses taking place every month to help you and your team understand the importance of safety when working at height. Contact our sales team for more details of the next working at height training course or find out the nearest class in your area.