Ladder Safety Checklist

Ladder Safety Checklist

In Singapore, workplace safety and health regulations are governed by the Workplace Safety and Health Act. When it comes to working at heights, using ladders safely is of utmost importance. Employers and employees must adhere to safety guidelines to prevent accidents and promote a safe working environment. This ladder safety checklist will help you ensure that all necessary precautions are taken before using a ladder.


1. Choose the Right Type of Ladder

Before starting any work at height, make sure to select the appropriate ladder for the task. Consider factors such as height, load capacity, and the nature of the work involved. Refer to SCAL Academy's Manage Work at Height Course for comprehensive training on selecting the right ladder.


2. Inspect the Ladder

Prior to each use, carefully inspect the ladder for any damage or defects. Look for cracks, bent or missing rungs, loose fittings, or any other signs of wear and tear. If any issues are detected, remove the ladder from service and report it to the appropriate authority.


3. Check the Stability

Ensure that the ladder is placed on a stable and level surface. Test the ladder's stability by giving it a firm shake before climbing. If the ladder feels unstable, do not use it. Instead, request a replacement or seek professional assistance.


4. Maintain Three Points of Contact

Always maintain three points of contact when ascending or descending the ladder. This means having two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand on the ladder at all times. This practice provides stability and reduces the risk of falling.


5. Secure the Top and Bottom

When using a ladder, ensure that it is secured at the top and bottom. Use ladder stabilizers or braces to prevent slipping or shifting. Secure the ladder to prevent accidental movement, especially when working on an uneven or slippery surface.


6. Do Not Overreach

Avoid overreaching while on a ladder, as it can cause you to lose balance and fall. If you cannot reach a specific area comfortably, reposition the ladder instead of stretching beyond your limits. Taking the Manage Work at Height Course offered by SCAL Academy will provide you with in-depth knowledge on safe work practices.


7. Avoid Using in Adverse Weather Conditions

Do not use ladders during adverse weather conditions such as strong winds, rain, or lightning. Such conditions can make the ladder slippery and increase the risk of accidents. Wait for the weather to improve before resuming work at height.



By following this ladder safety checklist and adhering to the guidelines set by the Singapore Workplace Safety and Health Act, you can significantly reduce the risk of ladder-related accidents. Remember, it is crucial to receive proper training and certification, such as the Perform Work at Height Course offered by SCAL Academy, to ensure you have the necessary knowledge and skills to work

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