Ladder Rules to Follow to Maximize Warehouse Safety

Ladders are a warehouse staple. They’re essential for so many crucial tasks needed to keep operations running smoothly.

When used correctly, ladders are safe, but improper use can lead to serious injury. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has created strict standards to help employers and workers adhere to proper ladder usage.

Whether you’re an employer or a job seeker searching for jobs hiring in Allentown, PA, knowing and following proper ladder usage procedures is a must. Here’s a look at some general guidelines to follow.

Ladder Rules to Know

Self-Supporting Portable Ladders

All self-supporting ladders must have the ability to hold at least four times the maximum stated load — with the exception of extra-heavy-duty type 1A metal or plastic ladders, which must be able to hold at least 3.3 times the maximum intended load. The capacity of the ladder should be tested by placing the load on the ladder facing downward vertically.

Non-Self-Supporting Portable Ladders

A portable non-self-supporting ladder is required by OSHA to handle a minimum of four times the maximum planned load — excluding extra-heavy-duty type 1A metal or plastic ladders, which should hold least 3.3 times the maximum projected load. It’s capability should be gauged by positioning the load on the ladder at a 75 1/2 degrees angle from horizontal.

Fixed Ladders

For a fixed ladder to meet OSHA standards, it must have the ability to hold a minimum of two 250-pound loads, situated between any two consecutive attachments — if extra weight will be placed on the ladder, calculate its capacity before use. Any additional weight caused by expected ice buildup, winds, rigging and impact from ladder safety devices must also be factored in. All steps and rungs should have the capacity to support at least 250 pounds in the middle of the bar.

Four More Portable Ladder Safety Tips

The infographic above offers valuable advice for the proper use of ladders, but here’s a few more lessons.

  • Steer Clear of Electrical Hazards. Always look for overhead power lines before using a ladder and don’t go near power lines or exposed energized electrical equipment with a metal ladder.
  • Inspect Before Use. Before climbing a ladder, always check for damages. If you find any issues — even slight damage — take it out of service until it has been repaired.
  • Always Place on the Ground. If a ladder isn’t tall enough, find a different one. Never put it on a base that isn’t stable and level to gain extra height, unless it has been secured to prevent movement.
  • Use as Directed. Never use a ladder or its accessories for anything but their intended purposes.

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