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November 29, 2023

Safety Corner: Think Before You Climb


Keep yourself and others safe this holiday season! Focus on safety when tackling tasks that require a ladder and take precautions before you climb.


  • Use a ladder on a stable, level surface.
  • Maintain three-point contact on the ladder when climbing.
  • Keep your body near the middle of the step and face the ladder when climbing.
  • Do not use the top step/rung of a ladder unless designed for that purpose.
  • For a stepladder, make sure the base is fully open and the spreaders are locked.


  • Look up and around for power line locations before using a ladder.
  • Always keep a minimum 10-foot distance from a power line or other electrical equipment.
  • The minimum distance rule includes you, any part of your body, or any object you are holding.

Source: OSHA, American Ladder Institute, SafeElectricity