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National Ladder Safety Month, Week 5: Ladder Inspection and Disposal

Monday, March 26, 2018

As we enter the final week of National Ladder Safety Month, we hope you now have a better understanding of key ladder safety practices and have incorporated them into your daily life at home and in the workplace. take time to ask yourself - "Is my ladder safe to use?"

Before you use a ladder for a job, be sure to check the following:

  • Locks and pulleys
  • Rungs
  • Connections and fasteners
  • Rails
  • Ropes

If you find a structural safety issue with your ladder, make sure to use proper disposal methods and do not just toss it in the garbage or place it on the curb. If you improperly dispose of a ladder and someone else uses it, you could be held liable in the event of injury. The key thing to remember when disposing of a ladder is that it should be impossible for someone else to pick up and use. This means cutting it vertically down the middle of the rungs instead of cutting it in half horizontally. Refer to the poster (linked above) for more information.

Prioritizing ladder safety should be important year round - not just in March. Sign up today for monthly safety reminders about ladder safety to make sure it is always top of mind. After all, isn't your life and health worth it?







Check out this poster for more insight on what you should be looking for.

EHS Ladder Safety Training available on KU Blackboard:

Articulated Ladder Safety, Ladder Safety 101, Mobile Ladder Safety, Single and Extension Ladder Safety, and Stepladder Safety.

EHS Blackboard self-enrollment instructions.

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