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Portable Ladders for Construction checklist

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Portable Ladders for Construction

  • Ladders or stairways are provided at all points of access that are elevated 19 inches or more, and no ramp, runway, sloped embankment, or personnel hoist is provided.
  • A competent person does provide ladder training that teaches users how to recognize hazards and procedures for minimizing these hazards.
  • Ladder retraining is provided when necessary.
  • Ladders can support the load they are expected to carry.
  • Ladder rungs, cleats, and steps are parallel, level, and uniformly spaced when the ladder is in position for use.
  • Rungs, cleats, and steps of portable ladders (other than step stools and extension trestle ladders) are spaced at least 10 but not more than 14 inches apart (as measured between center lines of the rungs, cleats, and steps).
  • Rungs, cleats, and steps of step stools are at least 8 but not more than 12 inches apart (as measured between center lines of the rungs, cleats, and steps).
  • Rungs, cleats, and steps of the base section of extension trestle ladders are at least 8 but not more than 18 inches apart (as measured between center lines of the rungs, cleats, and steps).
  • Rungs, cleats, and steps of the extension section of extension trestle ladders are at least 6 but not more than 12 inches apart (as measured between center lines of the rungs, cleats, and steps).
  • The clear distance between side rails for all portable ladders is at least 11-1/2 inches.
  • The rungs and steps of portable metal ladders are corrugated, knurled, dimpled, coated with skid-resistant material, or otherwise treated to minimize slipping.
  • Ladders are prohibited from being tied or fastened together to provide longer sections (unless they are designed for such use).
  • A metal spreader or locking device is provided on each stepladder to hold the front and back sections in an open position when the ladder is being used.
  • Ladder are surfaced to prevent injury from punctures or lacerations, and to prevent snagging of clothing.
  • It is prohibited to coat wood ladders with any opaque covering, except for identification or warning labels that are placed on only one face of a side rail.
  • Portable ladders do extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing surface for which the ladder is used to gain access.
  • Ladders are maintained free of oil, grease, and other slipping hazards.
  • Ladders are loaded at or below the maximum intended load for which they were built, or at or below the manufacturer’s rated capacity.
  • Ladders are only used for the purpose for which they were designed.
  • Non-self-supporting ladders are used at an angle such that the horizontal distance from the top support to the foot of the ladder is approximately 1/4 of the working length of the ladder (the distance along the ladder between the foot and the top support).
  • Ladders are used only on stable and level surfaces, unless secured to prevent displacement.
  • Ladders are used on slippery surfaces ONLY when they are secured or provided with slip-resistant feet to prevent displacement.
  • Ladders are secured to prevent displacement, especially in busy, high-traffic areas.
  • The area around the top and bottom of ladders is kept clear.
  • The top of a non-self-supporting ladder is placed with the two rails supported equally, unless it has a single support attachment.
  • It is prohibited to move, shift, or extend ladders while they are occupied.
  • Ladders do have nonconductive siderails if they are used where they could contact exposed energized electrical equipment.
  • Standing on the top or top step of a stepladder is prohibited.
  • Climbing on the cross-bracing on the rear section of stepladders is prohibited.
  • Ladders are inspected periodically by a competent person and after any incident that could affect their safe use.
  • Portable ladders with structural defects are (a) immediately marked in a manner that readily identifies them as defective, (b) tagged with DO NOT USE or similar language, or (c) withdrawn from service until repaired.
  • A ladder that is repaired does meet its original design criteria, before it is returned to use.
  • All students and employees do face the ladder when moving up or down the ladder.
  • All students and employees use at least one hand to grasp the ladder when moving up or down the ladder.
  • It is prohibited to carry any object or load that could cause a person to lose balance and fall.