Ladder Safety – Part 1
Tip written by: Infraspection Institute
For many thermographers, ladders provide a means for accessing remote areas and equipment. Taking the time to use ladders properly can help to prevent serious or fatal injuries.
According to OSHA, falls from portable ladders are one of the leading causes of occupational fatalities and injuries. When using portable ladders, always keep the following points in mind:
- Avoid electrical hazards. Look for overhead power lines before handling a ladder.
- Inspect ladders before each use. Remove broken ladders from service and repair or discard.
- Do not exceed ladder load rating. Be aware of user’s weight including tools.
- Use a ladder only on a stable, level surface. Do not stack ladders on boxes, barrels, or unstable platforms to gain additional height.
- Maintain a 3 point contact with ladder (two feet, one hand). Always face the ladder when climbing and keep your body centered between the rails.
- Ladders should be free of slippery material on rungs, steps or feet.
- Never stand on the top step or rung of a ladder unless it is designed for this purpose.
Lastly, permanent ladders should be checked prior to use to ensure that they are securely attached to their structure.
Thermographer safety is one of the topics covered in all Infraspection Institute Certified Infrared Thermographer® training courses. For information on thermographer training and certification, visit us online at www.infraspection.com or call us at 609-239-4788.
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