Safety First

May – Ladder Safety

Emergency Evacuation

Use Common Sense and Follow Some Simple Safety Rules

  • Placing ladder on unstable surface or soft ground
  • Setting a ladder against a window or in front of a door
  • Placing a ladder up against a surface that isn’t strong enough to support your weight
  • Using a ladder which is broken or defective
  • Not having stepladders fully extended and locked in place
  • Climbing higher than the top 3 rungs

Simple Rules for Preventing Falls

  1. 4 to 1 Rule: Place the base of the ladder 1 foot from the wall for every 4 feet between the base and the support point.
  2. Select appropriate ladder, inspect before use, report defects.
  3. Follow ladder safety rules and regulations.
  4. 3-Points of Contact Rule: Hold on while you climb and are working.
  5. Don’t overreach – get down and move the ladder.
  6. Always extend extension ladder at least 3 feet beyond roof or supporting point.


Based on 2014 published data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 261,930 private industry and state and local government workers missed one or more days of work due to injuries from falls on the same level or to lower levels1, and 798 workers died from such falls.

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