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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 Safety
The OSHA Standard for portable ladders contains specific requirements designed to ensure worker safety:

Loads
  • 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.)​

Figure 1​


Angle
  • 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.)​

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.​
Rungs
  • 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.)​

Figure 3

Slipping
  • 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.​
 

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Other Requirements
  • Foldout or stepladders must have a metal spreader or locking device to hold the front and back sections in an open position when in use. (See Figure 4.)

Figure 4
  • When two or more ladders are used to reach a work area, they must be offset with a landing or platform between the ladders.
  • The area around the top and bottom of ladder must be kept clear.
  • Ladders must not be tied or fastened together to provide longer sections, unless they are specifically designed for such use. (See Figure 5.)

Figure 5
  • Never use a ladder for any purpose other than the one for which it was designed.
Additional Information:

Additional Examples

This is improperly using the top rung of this step ladder to work from
 

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Yeah i have been know to do that, hop the 32 over another foot so i can extend my reach. Who am i kidding i still do it when i have to. Telling people that a extension ladder does not have to be straight.
Should of posted some ladder leveler options.
 

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I know a great guy that belongs to the forum his name is David. If anyone needs anything pertainning to saftey and trainning pm me and I will forward you his info. He did a great job for us putting together a package for commercial bids, on site saftey meeting and manuals.
 

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Yeah i have been know to do that, hop the 32 over another foot so i can extend my reach. Who am i kidding i still do it when i have to. Telling people that a extension ladder does not have to be straight.
Should of posted some ladder leveler options.
I use Werner PK80-2 self adjusting ladder levelers on all of my extension ladders. They are not cheap(about $120.00 per ladder) but they sure beat the standard manually adjustable "Crazy legs" that are cheap, and they'll save you time.


http://www.wernerladder.com/catalog/details.php?series_id=257

Rick
 

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Great info to present at the weekly tailgate safety meeting.
Make sure to get all present to put their signature on the worksheet for the meeting so you can document it. Keep records.
One day, it might be very important.
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A painter claims that a colleague's negligence was responsible for his fall from a ladder while he was painting a house in Godfrey.

According to a lawsuit filed recently in Madison County Circuit Court, the painter, James Miller, alleges that he and Roger Crone had agreed to paint Crone's house at 3506 Riverview Court in Godfrey. They were at the home on May 4, 2006, when Crone provided Miller with a ladder so that he could reach the second story eaves. According to the suit, Crone placed the ladder in the bed of his Ford F350 truck. The pair had agreed that Miller would climb the ladder and paint the eaves and that Crone would stay in the truck bed to keep the ladder from slipping or moving, according to the suit.

After Miller had begun painting, the ladder "shifted from its placement and caused the plaintiff to fall to the ground."

Miller suffered severe and permanent injury to his back that resulted in past and future medical bills, according to the suit.

The suit claims that Crone was negligent because he failed to hold the ladder as the two had agreed, and because he allegedly failed to warn Miller he was leaving the truck bed.

Miller is seeking in excess of $50,000, plus costs of the suit.

Kimberly Miller is also seeking in excess of $50,000. The suit claims she "has lost or had diminished services, society, companionship and consortium of her husband."


Painter Files Lawsuit Against Co-Worker
 

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Something to keep an eye out for is the unprotected end of the extension section of an extension ladder. Most ladders will have a plastic capping or be ground smooth. Home Depot sells some that have a flat cut end of the aluminum extrusion that can cut one's hands BADLY. I was working with a guy who was trying to lower the ladders, it was sticking a bit but once it started coming down his hand was in the way and he received one hell of a cut to his hand. He was never the same afterward due to damaged nerves. He took early retirement a short time later due to his injury.
 

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:no:
JTP--what a plan!
 

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More rocket science with a brain surgeon!
 
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