Fall prevention means keeping accidents from happening. The bottom line is to use good judgment and train as required by OSHA.
Good practices for climbing ladders include:
- Inspect ladder before use.
- Position ladder properly and tie-off.
- Stay at ground level if your climbing balance is affected.
- Always have two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot on ladder.
- Do not lean the mid-line of the body past the vertical side or over the top of a railing.
- Grip ladder rungs with fingers on top-not underhanded.
- Use a bucket or tool bag to raise tools.
- Use required fall protection equipment to perform work from fixed ladders.
- Wear shoes with full heels and nonslip soles.
- Use caged ladders to improve climbing safety.
- Do not use rails as designated tie-off locations.
- Follow established regulations for situations at heights ranging from 4-6 feet to 20-30 feet.
Companies and OSHA regulations require training that may include the fall protection program, recognizing fall hazards, use of ladders, scaffold inspection, use of manlifts, manufacturer's recommendations on personal protective equipment, and when there is a need for specially qualified personnel.