Construction Safety Association of Ontario
Build safety in from the start
On small projects many falls result from the lack of proper ladders. Accidents are caused by makeshift arrangements for reaching the roof, climbing in or out of foundations, getting from one floor to another, or getting down into basements before stairs are installed.
One solution is the job-built ladder. It can be constructed in single or double width for various uses. The time taken to build the ladder can be recovered in improved safety and efficiency.
Wood should be No. 1 grade spruce, straight-grained and free of large knots, sharp edges, splinters, and shakes.
General guidelines for ladder use apply also to job-built ladders.
Only one person at a time should be allowed on a single-width ladder. No more than two people should be allowed on a double-width ladder, each on a separate side.
In some cases, temporary job-built stairs will provide an even better solution to problems with access and the movement of workers and material.
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