· 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.