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Portable Ladders Safety

This 2 minute safety training video covers: Why a portable ladders are convenient, how to properly inspect portable ladders, how to set up portable ladders correctly, different types of portable ladders, what is the safe ladder to use when working around electricity, what is the importance of warning cones and caution tapes, what is the most stable angle of a ladder. This clip was taken from a full-length training video. Click here to watch the 18 minute full length version.

The Full-Length Version is Available on DVD!

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.

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Video Transcript

Any ladder use must be a type 1 or 1A rated for 300 pounds, inspect the ladder for cracks, slivers, loose rungs and sharp edges prior to using it. Check the condition of each step, remove any dirt, oil, grease or other substances which may cause you to slip. When you use a ladder in the door way or heavy traffic zone be sure to block off the area. Whenever you place a ladder against the side of the building or other object make sure the object is stable, don’t set a ladder up on uneven surfaces and watch out for any potential electrical hazards. When setting up a straight or extension ladder use the 4 to 1 ratio rule, for every 4 feet of height the base of the ladder should be out 1 foot. If you climb onto a floor or other object the ladder should extend a minimum of 3 feet beyond the point where it is supported. For additional protection the ladder should be tied of at the top, bottom or both.