Mobile ladder stands are common in many working environments, including warehouses and manufacturing facilities. While convenient, proper ladder safety is crucial to preventing accidents and keeping staff members safe.
Safe usage of work equipment is everyone's responsibility, but managerial staff must ensure their team is using the best practices. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Ladder placement requires a flat surface that is free of bumps and defects. Once the ladder is in place, staff must engage locks to prevent movement while it is in use. Both feet must remain on the platform at all times. Staff should not use other ladders on top of mobile equipment to increase height. Staff should also remain aware of their surroundings, especially when working close to electrical components.
Careful movement of ladders prevents others from getting injured in the process. Make sure the path is clear before you begin moving the ladder. It helps to have another person assist you, as they will ensure there are no people or objects in your way. Never move the ladder when a person is standing on it, even if you are only going a short distance.
Inspections should take place before every use of the ladder. The person performing the inspection must take note of the time and date, and document their findings. The inspector must assess all ladder components, such as the locking mechanisms, stair treads, railing stability, and any other relevant features. In the event the inspector finds defects, they should label the ladder stand as dangerous and remove it from circulation.
Training is key for the correct use of essential work equipment. Staff should have the right information about operating, storing, and inspecting ladder equipment. Re-training should also occur when needed, such as after a close call while using equipment.