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Ladder Safety and Fall Protection

Ladders are commonly used in residential field tests and are a great tool, but they must be used properly to avoid injury - 17% of all fatal falls are from ladders. When using a ladder:

  • Always ensure that the ladder is placed on a firm, level surface. 
  • Keep area clear of hazards and traffic. 
  • Inspect ladder for cracks, bends, or corrosion before use. 
  • Keep three points of contact when on a ladder.
  • Face ladder when going up and down.

There are certain conditions when additional fall protection is needed:

  • When working at heights ≥4 feet for general industry. 
  • When working at heights ≥6 feet at a construction site. 
  • When working within 10 feet from a roof's leading edge.