Sometimes when I look back at what I did when I was younger to make a buck I can't believe I made it. I used to see guys hop 20' ladders down the side of a house so they didn't have to get down and have pitches so steep that I was sure I was going to go backwards the next time I pushed the trigger on the pressure washer.
Anyways, I thought I would start off this Workplace Safety topic off with a little OSHA training session for letter safety.
Enjoy and be safe! :thumbsup:
Ladder SafetyThe OSHA Standard for portable ladders contains specific requirements designed to ensure worker safety:
- Self-supporting (foldout) and non-self-supporting (leaning) portable ladders must be able to support at least four times the maximum intended load, except extra-heavy-duty metal or plastic ladders, which must be able to sustain 3.3 times the maximum intended load. (See Figure 1.)
- Non-self-supporting ladders, which must lean against a wall or other support, are to be positioned at such an angle that the horizontal distance from the top support to the foot of the ladder is about 1/4 the working length of the ladder. (See Figure 2.)
- In the case of job-made wooden ladders, that angle should equal about 1/8 the working length. This minimizes the strain of the load on ladder joints that may not be as strong as on commercially manufactured ladders.
- Ladder rungs, cleats, or steps must be parallel, level, and uniformly spaced when the ladder is in position for use. Rungs must be spaced between 10 and 14 inches apart.
- For extension trestle ladders, the spacing must be 8-18 inches for the base, and 6-12 inches on the extension section.
- Rungs must be so shaped that an employee's foot cannot slide off, and must be skid-resistant. (See Figure 3.)
- Ladders are to be kept free of oil, grease, wet paint, and other slipping hazards.
- Wood ladders must not be coated with any opaque covering, except identification or warning labels on one face only of a side rail.