Ladders provide quick access to platforms, balconies, roofs and many other areas that can’t be reached by stairways. For many, the use of ladders is part of a daily routine and their hazards can sometimes be overlooked.
To help ensure that ladders won’t fail, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires portable, extension and fixed ladders to be inspected prior to their use in each work shift to ensure that the ladder is in good condition and will not fail to properly support anyone who is climbing it.
Use the toolbox talk below to talk to your workers about the importance of ladder inspections and communicate to them the elements that must be checked before using one during a work shift.
Make It Personal: Show or discuss why ladders typically do not pass inspection at your facility.
Looking for tips on how to give a talk? Check out this blog post.