PPC’s Safety Tips for Ladder Safety

At PPC we take ladder safety very seriously. Because we rely on ladders so often to do our jobs, we proceed with extra caution before climbing up to start a job. Because ladder safety is so important, we’ve compiled a list of tips every painter should consider no matter how big or small the job.

1. Make sure you choose the right ladder for the job

Your ladder needs could range from a 2-foot stepladder to a 24-foot extension ladder depending on the job. Make sure your ladder is neither too short nor too tall. With a ladder that’s too short, you risk having to teeter on the top rung or step. Using a ladder that’s too tall can just be burdensome. Finding the perfect height will make your job go as smoothly as possible.

2. Position the ladder at a safe angle

painter on ladderWhen working with extension or prop ladders, the angle between the ground and base of the ladder should be about 60 degrees. If it’s too steep the ladder will almost be straight up and down, and if the angle is too large the bottom of the ladder could slide out from under you.

3. Set it up for the range of your project

Think about the range of your project while you’re setting up your ladder to optimize your reach and mobility. Don’t ever reach farther than your ladder can support as this could lead to a fall.

4. Test out your ladder before climbing to the top

Step on the bottom rung with one hand on each side and adjust your weight to be sure that the ladder is completely stable. If it’s not, readjust it until you feel confident that it’s in place.

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons by Lukeroberts.