Department of Labor
Ladder Safety Website

Ladder Use

Climbing and Descending:

Follow these tips to avoid the need to "CATCH" yourself when using a ladder:

CHECK rungs and bottoms of shoes for any slippery material.

ALWAYS face the ladder.

THREE-POINT CONTACT -- 2 hands and 1 foot or 2 feet and 1 hand MUST BE on the ladder at all times.

CARRY tools in a tool belt or raise or lower them with a hand line.

HOLD on with both hands.


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