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LADDER USE

Ladders.  Where would we be without them?  On the ground.  We use them nearly every day and all day long.  It would be tuff if not impossible to do our job with out them.  If you've been roofing for a while, climbing a ladder is like walking.  You don't have to think about it.  But you should.  You might carry tools or materials up with you and you shouldn't.  If you can't sling what you need over your shoulders, use a pail or bag fastened to a rope which goes up the ladder.  Then hoist the tools/materials up.

When setting up a ladder, take a look around.  Are there power lines near the area, is the soil compact and stable, will it be near vehicles or equipment traffic, or in the kettle area.

When ready to climb take a moment to check the ladder.  Is the base on solid ground and/or secured from kicking out away from the building?  Is it in good condition  with no cracked, broken rungs or rails?  Are latches on extension ladders secured?  Any mud or slippery substances on the rungs or rails?  Is the ladder secured from movement at the top and does it extend at least three feet above the landing?  Is the slope of the ladder about 1 to 4 (the base one foot away from the building for every four feet in height)?  Ladders are an important tool in our business so take care of them and check them before you climb.  Tag or remove a damaged ladder, don't let a coworker get hurt by a problem you discovered.

 

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