Per OSHA guidelines, all employers must train their staff in hazard recognition and the safe use of ladders and scaffolds. Full details are available on their website, but share these quick lists with employers so they can easily update staff on safe practices to avoid falls in construction.

Ladder Safety

  • Always maintain three points of contact with the ladder
  • Place the ladder on level footing
  • Always face the ladder
  • Secure the ladder by locking the metal braces at the center of the ladder
  • Don’t overreach
  • Don’t walk the ladder

Scaffold Safety

  • During setup, fully plank scaffolds, complete all guardrails, ensure stable footing, and plumb and level
  • Ensure proper access to scaffolds
  • A competent person must inspect the scaffold before use
  • Don’t climb over cross braces
  • Don’t stand on guardrails
  • Don’t use a ladder on a scaffold