Safety Check : Ladders: Job Built- Ladder
A Job-made ladder is a ladder that is fabricated by employees, typically at the construction site. Job-built ladders must conform to certain standards to ensure safety of the user. While job-built ladders can provide safer solutions than using makeshift arrangements for access, they must be used with care.
Here are some tips to help ensure safety when using job-built ladders:
- Do not load ladders beyond the maximum intended load for which they were built.
- Allow only one person at a time on a single-width ladder and no more than two people on a double width ladder, each on a separate side.
- As with all ladders, set job-built ladders on a level, solid surface.
- Keep ladders from passageways, doorways, or driveways where they could be bumped or damaged by adjacent activities, unless the ladder area is barricaded.
- Always secure the ladder at the top and whenever possible, secure or stake the bottom too.
- Job built ladders should be inspected on a regular basis.
- When using a job-built ladder be sure to remove rungs which are over the upper level.
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