|By The Editors of RenTrain
Portable ladders are a common item in nearly every rental inventory. The list of practical uses of ladders is long. Unfortunately, so is the list of accidents associated with unsafe and improper use of ladders. Too often, ladders are taken for granted, with devastating results: Each year ladders cause an estimated 300 deaths and 130,000 injuries requiring emergency medical attention.
Safe Use of Ladders
The most important ladder safety rule is to select the appropriate ladder for the job and to use it according to manufacturer's specifications. The working area around the ladder should:
Provide level and stable support � do not place ladders on boxes, barrels or other unstable bases to obtain additional height. RENT a different ladder!
Be protected from pedestrian and vehicular traffic. If the ladder is to be placed at a doorway, the door is to be blocked open or locked closed.
Ladders should be ascended and descended carefully by:
7AM to 6PM Monday through Saturday
8AM to 3PM Sunday
(Closed Sunday October through March)