Ladder Safety Tips

Ladders are essential tools for various tasks but also pose significant risks. Each year, ladder accidents cause over 500,000 injuries and more than 300 deaths. Even short falls can lead to serious harm. Making ladder safety a priority is something everyone should take seriously.

Pre-Use Inspection

  • Mandatory thorough inspection before use.
  • Check for cracked or split rails, rusted components, missing or broken parts, and accumulation of grease and debris.
  • Unsafe ladders must be immediately marked with a “DO NOT USE” tag, signaling the need for its repair or replacement.
  • Download the ladder inspection checklist below for guidance:

Ladder Safety Checklist clipboard

Material Matters

  • Material choice is a critical safety decision.
  • Fiberglass ladders are preferred because they do not conduct electricity, significantly reducing the risk of electrical shocks when working near electrical sources.
  • Fiberglass ladders are also durable and weather resistant, maintaining structural integrity over time and enhancing overall safety.

Fiberglas vs Aluminum Ladder

Setting Up for Safety

  • Stepladders: must be fully opened and placed on stable ground, ensuring all four legs are properly supported—not leaned against a wall or other structures. Never use the 2 top steps of a stepladder.
  • Extension ladders: Base 1 foot away from the structure for every 4 feet of height.

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Safe Practices

  • Avoid setting up ladders near unlocked doors.
  • Avoid carrying materials while climbing.
  • Maintain three points of contact for stability.

3 Point Contact Ladder


Ladders are indispensable tools yet come with significant risks that cannot be overlooked. By adhering to these safety guidelines, we can drastically reduce the incidence of ladder-related injuries and fatalities. Let’s commit to elevating our safety awareness, one step at a time.


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