Portable ladders are in wide use on our campus and come in two basic types - the A-frame (stepladder) and extension (straight ladder). They can be made of multiple materials including wood, metal or fiberglass. Ladders come with manufacturers warnings and recommendations for safe use, which should be followed carefully.
The key points for the safe use of stepladders include:
The key points for safe use of Straight Ladders are:
In general, when using a portable ladder be sure it is clean and well maintained. Maintain three points of contact when ascending or descending and never over reach to either side. Try to keep the belt buckle area within the uprights. Never use a ladder that is damaged or unsafe. Ladders should be inspected regularly.
Last Updated: 5/9/11