National Ladder Safety Month 2021
The fifth annual National Ladder Safety Month presented by American Ladder Institute (ALI) focuses on five key themes this March, ensuring organizations and individuals have the tools they need to use ladders safety at work and at home.
Week One: Choosing Your Ladder – Every ladder is not suited for every task. Always take into consideration the work environment, height of your task, and the ladder's duty rating.
Week Two: Safety Before the First Step – Always take time to properly inspect your ladder before use and set it up correctly.
Week Three: Safety While Climbing –Maintain three points of contact and use accessories to carry tools and keep your hands free for climbing.
Week Four: Safety at the Top – Safety considerations don't stop once your safely on the ladder!
Week Five: Ladder Safety Misconceptions – Common mistakes people make when using ladders.
American Ladder Institute is committed to keeping safety top-of-mind all year long; they offer a variety of resources to ensure your ladder safety knowledge stays fresh.
- Ensure you are putting safety first. Participate in free, concise and effective training modules for the selection, safe use and care of the most frequently used ladders, and earn a Ladder Safety Certificate for the ladder of your choice. Or, participate in all of the training programs and earn all four certificates. Learn More
- Did you know that, on average, work-related ladder falls result in one death and more than 180 nonfatal injuries every two days in America? Don't be a part of the statistics. Familiarize yourself with these simple steps towards safety and help ALI spread awareness about these easy safety reminders by downloading your own copy of ALI's Ladder Safety Checklist, printing it off and posting it in your place of work. Download safety checklist.
- It never hurts to brush up on the basics, including a refresher on how to choose the right ladder. Many of the basic safety rules that apply to most tools also apply to the safe use of a ladder:
- If you feel tired or dizzy, or are prone to losing your balance, stay off the ladder.
- Do not use ladders in high winds or storms.
- Wear clean slip-resistant shoes. Shoes with leather soles are not appropriate for ladder use since they are not considered sufficiently slip resistant.
- Before using a ladder, inspect it to confirm it is in good working condition.
- Ladders with loose or missing parts must be rejected. Rickety ladders that sway or lean to the side must be rejected.
- The ladder you select must be the right size for the job.
- The Duty Rating of the ladder must be greater than the total weight of the climber, tools, supplies, and other objects placed upon the ladder. The length of the ladder must be sufficient so that the climber does not have to stand on the top rung or step.
- When the ladder is set-up for use, it must be placed on firm level ground and without any type of slippery condition present at either the base or top support points.
- Only one person at a time is permitted on a ladder unless the ladder is specifically designed for more than one climber (such as a Trestle Ladder).
- Ladders must not be placed in front of closed doors that can open toward the ladder. The door must be blocked open, locked, or guarded.
- Read the safety information labels on the ladder.
- The on-product safety information is specific to the particular type of ladder on which it appears. The climber is not considered qualified or adequately trained to use the ladder until familiar with this information.
ALI is the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved developer of safety standards for the ladder industry. Learn more about the different standards and purchase your own copy.