Ladder Safety Tips

CED Technologies provides a wide range of accident reconstruction and forensic engineering services. Its engineers use their knowledge and skills to investigate and reconstruct accidents in order to explain why and how accidents occur, and on occasion, provide suggestions of how to prevent them from happening in the future.

Based on in-depth accident investigations, the following are recommendations on how to safely use a ladder in both commercial and residential settings:


  • • Inspect the ladder before each use. Never climb a damaged, bent or broken ladder all working parts must be in good working order.
  • • Do not use a ladder in high winds or storm conditions.
  • • Make sure the weight your ladder is supporting does not exceed its maximum load rating (user plus materials). Only one person should be on the ladder at one time.
  • • Metal ladders will conduct electricity. Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder in the vicinity of power lines or electrical equipment. Be sure all locks on extension ladders are properly engaged.
  • • The ground under the ladder should be level and firm. Large flat wooden boards braced under the ladder can level a ladder on uneven ground or soft ground. A good practice is to have a helper hold the bottom of the ladder.
  • • Do not place a ladder in front of a door that is not locked, blocked or guarded.
  • • Keep your body centered between the rails of the ladder at all times. Do not lean too far to the side while working.
  • • Do not step on the top step, bucket shelf or attempt to climb or stand on the rear section of a stepladder.