Safety tip of the week

Oct 16, 2019
Written by Rick Means, Director of Safety & Education

Ladder safety tips prevent accidents

Ladders are one of the major causes of fall-related fatalities, according to National Safety Council statistics. It is estimated that in any given year 65,000 people receive emergency room treatment due to ladder accidents. Most ladder incidents happen at ten feet or less from the ground and usually on the way back down.

Here are some safety suggestions from Rick Means, WR’s Safety Specialist:

  1. Always take proper precautions when choosing a ladder based on the type of work being done, the weight the ladder must carry, and the condition of the ladder. Make sure that the rating will support the weight of the worker plus tools and materials.


  1. Keep in mind that the physical length of the ladder is different from its usable length. Make sure that the ladder is long enough for the job. Never stand on the top step of a step ladder or the top three rungs of a straight or extension ladder.


  1. Examine the ladder for any defects or features that can be potentially dangerous.


  1. Protect your ladders by storing them where they are protected from the weather and other damage.


Remember, the key to preventing accidents is to take proper precautions. Always read and follow all instructions accompanying ladders, properly set up the ladders, and use good sense while working on them.

More information is available at the following link: RS Safety Library – Ladders section.  Also, check out RS SafetyTV for ladder videos.

WR employs Rick Means to make workplace safety visits or to help outline safety plans and to suggest topics for safety meetings. Contact him at 360-943-9198, Ext. 118 or at [email protected].