Ladder Safety

Michigan Ladder safety tips.

Read the labels

Once you have selected the proper ladder for your needs, it is most important to use it safely. Before you begin your project, read the product labels carefully. Follow the instructions written on them.

Inspect your ladder before each use

We manufacture safe ladders…but only you can make ladders safe. All working parts must be in good order prior to each use; make sure all rivets, nuts, and bolts are tight, steps or rungs are secure, spreaders and feet are functioning properly. Your ladder should be clean: free of grease, oil, snow, ice or other slippery materials. Never make temporary repairs to a damaged, bent, or broken ladder. You should never climb a broken or damaged ladder.  Keep your shoes clean; leather soles should not be used.

Use safe set up procedures

To ensure that the ladder is stable, place the feet of the ladder on firm, even ground. Before using a stepladder, make sure that it is fully open, and the spreaders are securely locked. The bottom of an extension ladder should be placed one foot away from the wall for every four feet that the ladder rises. For example, if the ladder touches the wall twenty feet from the ground, the feet of the ladder should be five feet from the wall. If you are going to climb onto the roof, the ladder should extend three feet higher than the edge of the roof.

Climb safely

Before you use or move a single, extension, or stepladder, make sure that neither you nor the ladder will come in contact with electrical wires. Always face your ladder when climbing up or down. Maintain a firm grip, use both hands in climbing. Keep your body centered between the side rails. Do not overreach, it is safest to move the ladder to a new location as needed. When using a stepladder, never stand on the paint shelf or spreaders. Do not “walk” a ladder to a new location while standing on it. Climb down from the ladder to reposition it.