A. Extension and Water-Fed Poles
- Always inspect your extension and water-fed poles before using to ensure they are in proper working condition.
- Keep all parts of your extension and water-fed poles a minimum of 10 feet away from electrical lines or devices.
- Use fall protection when working on roof levels or any area which has fall hazards.
- Never leave an extension or water-fed pole unattended when it is extended.
- Use danger signs and barricade to warn the public about the hazard of falling equipment.
- Monitor and maintain the hoses and lines on the ground to prevent tripping hazards.
- Take regular work breaks to avoid fatigue when working with water fed poles.
- STOP using an extension or water-fed pole if wind speeds or other weather conditions may create a hazard to you or the public.
- Follow the ladder manufacturer’s instructions.
- Always inspect your ladders before using them. Any damaged or overly worn components shall be removed from service. This includes feet, levelers, rungs and ropes and locks. (See Figure 5)
- Refer to OSHA resources, including the Ladder Safety QuickCard and the “Falling Off Ladders Can Kill: Use Them Safely” booklet (which is available in both English and Spanish.)
- Use the NIOSH Ladder Safety App on your smart phone to set the ladder at the proper angle before climbing.
- Make sure the bottom and top of the ladder are level and stable before climbing, and make sure both side rails are supported.
- Use section or stack ladders according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Keep all parts of your ladder a minimum of 10 feet away from electrical lines or devices.
- Wear proper supporting footwear when working on a ladder.
- Always face the ladder while climbing and keep three points of contact (two hands and a foot, or two feet and a hand) and control when working from a ladder. (See Figure 6)
- When ladders are being used on a slick surface or in public traffic, the base of the ladder should be secured.
- Use danger signs and barricades to warn the public about the hazard of falling equipment.
- STOP using a ladder if wind speeds or other weather conditions may create a hazard to you or the public.