Ladder Safety Month

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DO: Always read instructions prior to using a ladder

DON'T: Do not stand on the top step of a step ladder or the 4th rung from the top of an extension ladder

DO: Always keep your belt buckle between the legs of the ladder to maintain balance

DON'T: Do not climb a closed step ladder or the backside of a step ladder

DO: Haul materials with a line rather than carrying heavy items up an extension ladder

DON'T: Do not climb a ladder if you are inebriated or otherwise unable to physically support yourself

DO: Always maintain 3 points of contact when ascending or descending a ladder

DON'T: Do not place the base of an extension ladder to close or too far away from a building

DO: Have another person help haul a heavy ladder and hold the ladder while you work on it

DON'T: Do not overreach or lean to the side

DO: Move materials with caution when on a ladder so you do not tip or lose your balance

DON'T: Do not exceed the maximum load capacity listed on the ladder

Ladder Inspection and Disposal

Ladders (1926.1053) routinely rank among OSHA's 'top 10' list of most frequently cited violations. And every day more than 2,000 ladder-related injuries occur as a result of careless use, improper training, and selecting the wrong ladder for the job. Make sure to properly inspect your ladder before any job. Failure to do so could result in serious injury or fatality. Things to look for when inspecting:

  • Locks and pulleys
  • Proper footwear
  • Secure rungs and rails
  • Connections and fasteners

Remember: inspect before you step.

What if you deem your ladder unsafe and unusable? Don’t just dispose of it – make sure it’s NEVER used again by cutting it in half. You’re probably visualizing cutting from side to side, in the direction of the rungs, but someone could find those pieces and still think they’re usable. Instead, cut directly down the center of the rungs, from top to bottom. This is the best way to protect others from injury, and yourself from liability.

With free ladder inspections and expert consultation, Fastenal's Safety Specialists are ready to help you avoid these common missteps and create a safer workplace. Take the first step to ladder safety by contacting our team today at, or fill out the form below to have a specialist contact you.