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Use a ladder safely

Anytime you use a ladder or stepladder to tackle a job, safety is a must. Falls can cause serious injuries. To help avoid falls, do this when using a ladder.

Learn ladder safety basics

  1. Check for damage before each use.
  2. Use on a sturdy and level, non-slippery surface.
  3. Keep at least one hand on the ladder at all times.
  4. Never use the top rung or cap as a step.
  5. Don’t carry objects that could cause you to lose your balance.
  6. Never overreach on the ladder.

Sources: American Ladder Institute; Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Take falls seriously

If you fall, seek medical help, especially if you think you have a head or back injury.

Reviewed 3/1/2023


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