safety guidelines for rolling warehouse safety ladders

Safety Guidelines for Rolling Warehouse Ladders

The Rolling Safety ladder is also known as Rolling Warehouse Ladder or Rolling Staircase. They are used by many warehouses, retail outlets, storage facilities, fire stations, and even truck stops to name a few. They are made of fiberglass, aluminum and steel which is the most popular with a wide choice of styles. You may think the rolling safety ladder is safe to use, but there are some guidelines you should adhere to in order for them to remain safe to use.

Ladder Accidents
Ladder accidents are usually caused by improper care, use, or selection. They are not typically caused by manufacturing defects as the ladder manufacturers must adhere to some stringent manufacturing restrictions.

Some of the more common hazards involving rolling ladders are related to instability, electrical shock, and falls. All of which can be prevented. Prevention requires proper planning, correct ladder selection for the work, good work procedures and ladder maintenance.

Basic Ladder Safety

  • Survey the area for overhead power lines before setting up and climbing ladders
  • Inspect ladders before usage
  • Never use damaged or unsafe ladders
  • Verify ladder capacity before climbing
  • Don’t use the ladder for anything other than the job they’re intended for

Basic Rolling Ladder Safety

  • Keep rolling ladders in good mechanical condition
  • Keep rolling ladders free of oil, grease, wet paint and other slipping hazards including rain, snow and ice
  • Rolling ladders that are stored outside should be regularly inspected for rust and corrosion
  • Rolling ladders that have been damaged or “sprung” must be removed from service
  • Rolling ladders that have missing rubber feet should have them replaced
  • Rolling ladders should be climbed facing the ladder – not facing outward unless designed for this purpose
  • Climb rolling ladders using 3-point contact (two hands and one foot, or one hand and two feet)
  • Do not carry loads that are too bulky or heavy
  • Do not over-reach – could cause ladder to tip
  • Do not stand on the hand rails
  • Do not move an occupied ladder
  • Never stand with one foot on the ladder and the other on an object such as shelving
  • Do not set up rolling ladders in passageways, doorways, driveways, or any location where they may be displaced
  • Avoid setting up rolling ladders in direct proximity to any type of vehicle traffic
  • Do not tamper with or modify rolling ladders
  • Remove tools and equipment before moving a rolling ladder
  • Use the step brake / lock assembly if equipped
  • Consider tying off or securing the rolling ladder if tipping is a concern
  • Do not attempt to gain additional height by standing on boxes or buckets atop rolling ladder platforms

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