Ladders are a fundamental work tool for certain tasks and work areas. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that ladders are involved in many as accidents, for this reason it is important to inspect, and maintain this tool to avoid accidental use.

Here are some OSHA tips for using ladders:


Inspect the ladder and look for the following faults:

  • Rungs or slats that are loose or missing.
  • Nails, bolts, and screws that are loose.
  • Wood chips or damaged edges.
  • Side steps, slats, or bars that are badly worn, cracked, broken, split, or dented.
  • Corrosion of metal ladders or metal parts.

If you find any ladder with these flaws, it cannot be used because it is in poor condition. It is suggested to tag the ladder as damaged and take it out of service for repair. If repairs are not feasible, the defective ladder must be removed and disposed of from the job site.


A ladder of the type and size appropriate to the work to be performed and the workspace should be chosen, unless there are fixed ladders, ramps, or walkways. The following points should be taken into consideration:

  • Make sure straight ladders are long enough for dents to extend above the top support point by at least 36 inches.
  • Do not put stairs in doors or walkways. The collision of people or objects on it must be avoided unless they are protected with barriers.
  • Avoid obstructions in the areas around the top and bottom of the ladder. Hoses, extension cords, or ropes should not step on or create obstructions on the ladder.
  • Do not try to increase the height of the ladder by placing it on top of boxes, barrels, or other materials.
  • Do not join two stairs, it is dangerous.
  • Do not apply personal or work decals on the ladder.
  • Place the ladder on a solid base against a solid support. If the ladder is straight, use a wall or the edge of the upper tier as a support base about 1 foot for every 4 feet of vertical height.
  • Do not use ladders such as a platform, walkway, or scaffold.
  • Prevent the ladder from moving by tying, obstructing, or securing its top.
  • To avoid slipping, the user must make sure that there is no oil, grease, or mud on the shoes. It is always recommended to use safety shoes and clean them before using this tool.
  • When climbing the ladder, observe its structure and hold on with both hands when going up or down. No tools or materials are recommended.
  • Do not lean to the side when you are on the ladder. If something is out of reach, get down and move the ladder.
  • Most ladders are designed to hold one person at a time. The use of a ladder by two workers can cause the ladder to fail or become out of balance.


Stairs must be stored in well-ventilated places, away from moisture to avoid corrosion and wear of their materials.


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Source: Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Ocupacional (OSHA)