·         Inspect the ladder before each use.

·         Make sure that any portable ladder you use has an anti-skid base and tie-off ropes.

·         Have a worker on the ground hold the ladder while you are on it, or tie it in place before you use it.

·         Make sure to position extension ladders at the proper angle.  The “proper angle” is with the base of the ladder ¼ of the working length from the vertical wall at a 75o angle.

·         Make sure that if a ladder is being used for access to a platform or roof area, the ladder extends three feet above the top surface.

·         Face the ladder at all times when ascending and descending.

·         Your belt buckle should be inside the plane of the ladder at all times; avoid reaching out from the ladder, increasing your risk of tilting over.

·         Wear safety belts or harness and lifelines whenever there is a risk of falling.

·         Make sure your clothing fits properly.

·         Make sure that shoe soles are made of the proper material for the work you do, and that they are in good repair.

·         Never carry tools in your hand when going up or down ladders.

·         Never wear pants with frayed or flopping cuffs.