Ladder Safety Poster

L0026442 A man carrying a ladder knocks the forward end of it accident
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
A man carrying a ladder knocks the forward end of it accidentally into the eye of a man coming round the corner towards him. Colour lithograph.
Coloured Lithograph
Published: –
Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0


I stumbled on this poster and wanted to make sure I shared it. It’s an old poster, but the message is still relevant. When transporting a ladder, always be aware of blind corners and proceed with caution!

Ladder Safety at Home

Ladder safety at home is the ALI’s theme for this week. Most everyone has at least one use for a ladder. A few years ago, Nationwide Insurance put together a great blog post with ladder safety tips for homeowners. We’ll go through their tips today.

  1. Read the safety label. The label will give you important safety information, including the weight limit and important safety information. Reading the label can help prevent an accident.
  2.  Chose a tall enough ladder. If the ladder is not tall enough for the job, you are setting yourself up for failure. If you are accessing a roof with too short of a ladder, you could end up in a serious accident as you try to get off the ladder. Make sure your ladder extends three feet past the access point.
  3. Never lean on the ladder. Always keep your body between the rails of the ladder to prevent your ladder from tipping.
  4. Use the ladder for its intended use. Ladders are designed for a specific purpose. If you start using them for unintended purposes, like bridge or scaffolding, or using parts of the ladder wrong, like standing on the top cap or leaning a stepladder (not a leaning ladder) against a wall, your ladder could fail, resulting in a ladder accident and possible injury for you.
  5. Use your ladder on a firm, level surface. If the ground is unlevel, use a ladder with levelers to prevent the ladder from tipping.
  6. Be alert when moving your ladder. Ladders can be a little bulky to move around, so always plan your route and be aware of your surroundings before you move your ladder so you don’t bump into any wires, cars or other objects.

What do you think of this list? Are there any safety tips you would add for the homeowner?


Podcasts for Safety Officers

Podcasts can be a great resource for professionals to quickly get information on topics. If you’ve ever wanted some podcasts on workplace safety, here are a couple of good lists to get you started.

Here’s a list from EHS Insight.

Creative Safety Supply has also good list.

ASSP has created a podcast of their own. has a list of podcasts to improve the workplace.

Do you listen to safety-related podcasts? Which is your favorite? Comment below!

Ladder Safety at Work

The ALI is focusing on Ladder Safety at Work this week.  If you use a ladder at work, let’s talk about a few ways you use your ladder safely while you are working.

-Start by choosing the right ladder for the job. Choose the right type of ladder and the right size ladder.

-Always inspect the ladder

-Make sure the ladder’s feet are in good condition

-Set the ladder on firm, level ground. If you don’t have level ground, use a ladder with levelers or outriggers.

-When using an extension ladder, make sure your ladder extends three feet past the landing point.

-Always maintain three points of contact when climbing up or down the ladder

-Avoid setting your ladder in front of doors or in high-traffic (both vehicle and pedestrian)

Looking for Some Safety Reading?

Safety+Health Magazine put together a list of their most read articles from 2018. If you’re looking for some great safety-related reading, make sure to check out this great list!

Read the whole list here

Check out the articles, and share below what you’re favorite article was!


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