08/17/2007

Stairways and Ladders

Working on and around stairways and ladders is hazardous. Stairways and ladders
are major sources of injuries and fatalities among construction workers for
example, and many of the injuries are serious enough to require time off the
job.

The US American Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has
relaunched information on 'Stairways and Ladders' as an guide to occupational
safety rules. They claim that while using a ladder might seem simple enough, it
is easy to take some aspects of ladder safety for granted in the workplace. In
fact, falls from movable ladders represent one of the leading causes of
occupational injuries. Here are a few recommendations for handling ladders
properly:

  • Look out for overhead hazards like power lines when placing or climbing a
    ladder.

  • Do not use a self-supporting ladder, such as a stepladder, in a partially
    closed position. All locks on a ladder must be fastened properly.

  • Always maintain a "three-point" (two hands and one foot, or two feet and one
    hand) contact on a ladder when climbing.

  • Do not try to obtain additional height by placing a ladder on unstable bases,
    such as boxes or barrels.

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AplusA-online.de - Source: U.S. Department of Labor  Occupational Safety & Health Administration