Whenever moving a rolling ladder always make sure the way is clear before you start. Remember, the ladder is much taller than you, so always be sure there is plenty of overhead clearance. Avoid lowhanging light fixtures and other obstructions. Clear any boxes or other items out of the way.
Rolling ladders have builtin stops and brakes to “lock down” when ready to use. In this chapter, you will learn about rolling ladders/stairs and its use in order to prevent slips and falls.
Some useful guidelines discussed in the chapter include:
- Never have more than one person on the rolling ladder.
- Never carry more than you can handle on the rungs of a rolling ladder.
- Take time to make two or more trips and carry one item at a time
- Don’t go all the way to the top, gather several items, stack them and try to carry them down.
- Use a co-worker below and hand down items if possible to avoid carrying them on the steps.
- Make sure items can be carried with one hand. The other hand should be free to hold the rail.