How to Store Your Ladder | Safety, Hazards, Training, Oregon OSHA

Updated : Jan 05, 2020 in Articles

How to Store Your Ladder | Safety, Hazards, Training, Oregon OSHA


Bryon: In general, an employer should always
follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for storing and maintaining, and even disposal
of a portable ladder. In general, we want to store portable ladders
in a fashion where they’re not going to get damaged. So, an example of that is a wooden ladder. If it is stored improperly, it can begin to
sag and lose it’s straightness of its side rails. If it’s stored at an angle outside within
the weather, that sort of stuff. You generally don’t want to store a ladder
with other materials on top of it. So, you’d never want to use your ladder as
a shelf, and then store extra materials on top of that ladder. Jeff: These guys that have service van’s. What do they do? They throw their ladders on the top of the
service vans. So, you know, you go from a day being 45 to
here come Monday or Tuesday it’s going to be 90. So, they see all this temperature change,
and that can really affect a ladder. If you can get them out of the weather once
in a while, you know, but if they’re going to sit on your truck 365, you know, it’s going
to be inevitable. They’re going to fade, they’re going to spider
web, and stuff like that. The other thing is don’t drag them off your
rack and let them bounce off the ground; that just blows them apart, they�re fiberglass.

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