How To Work Safely With Stairs And Fixed Ladders

This 3 minute safety training video covers: How stairway falls happen, what are some of the requirements of stairs that’ll minimize hazards, what is the importance of hand rails, what is the standard measurement of a railing, what are the safety requirements of a heavy duty permanent stairway, when to report stairway irregularities, what is a fixed ladder, how to work safely with fixed ladders, what is the ladder safety device. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 18 minute full length version.

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We depend on the surfaces that we walk and work on for a lot of things... to provide the support we need to position ourselves properly, to help us use our muscles efficiently, to keep our balance and do our work safely. But we often take their condition for granted, and that is a big mistake.

Year after year slips, trips, and falls make up the majority of on-the-job accidents. They cause almost 20% of disabling occupational injuries, and thousands of fatalities annually. Yet most of these accidents could have been prevented.

Atlantic Training's Walking and Working Surfaces Safety DVD program employee slips, trips and falls continue to be the leading source of accidents and injuries in the workplace. But Atlantic Training will soon release two new "Walking and Working Surfaces" programs, for construction and general industry environments.

Walking and Working Surfaces Safety DVD Covers:

  • How To Work Safely With Stairs And Fixed Ladders
  • These new programs steer clear of regulatory double-talk and focus instead on specific slip, trip and fall hazards and what employees can do to avoid them.
  • You can keep workers "on their feet". Stay tuned for more information on these important topics.
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Video Transcript

A fixed ladder is permanently attached to a structure, building or equipment. This type of ladder must be strong enough to support at least 2 loads of 350 lbs on any two consecutive attachments. It should be strong enough for various weather conditions rigging and impact loads. The rungs are to be parallel level and uniformly space when the ladder is in place. For example, the distance between each rung or step is 12 inches or less and rung should not be more than 16 inches long. When a fixed ladder is longer than 20 feet it is to be equipped with various safety devices such as cages. Another type of fixed ladder is an individual rung ladder, each rung is individually attached to the structure the lack of side rails make this a very dangerous ladder to climb.