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- Inspect all ladders before each use for broken or missing rungs, steps, split side rails, or other defects.
- Never use a metal ladder near electrical wires.
- Never place ladders in doorways unless protected by barricades or guards.
- Never climb above the second rung from the top on a stepladder.
- Never climb above the third rung from the top on a straight ladder.
- Do not over reach on any ladder; move the ladder when needed.
- Straight ladders should extend at least 3 feet above its top landing support point.
- Straight ladders should be tied down as close to the top landing support point as possible.
- Always use a 4 to 1 ratio (1 foot away for every 4 feet of ladder height) when utilizing a straight ladder.
- Always face the ladder when ascending or descending and maintain a firm grip.
- If you carry tools, use a tool belt or a bucket attached to a hand line to pull equipment up and to lower it down.
- When using rolling “A” frame trestle ladders, never extend them beyond twenty feet or manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Always lock the wheels to prevent any rolling or instability.