In a world in flux, many would like to feel that they can count on certain things. Perhaps these are relationships, living arrangements, or fulfillment derived from hobbies. Maybe it is the simple understanding that, when they take their next step forward or up, the surface before them will hold fast.
However, whether gradually or abruptly, things change. Relationships grow. Living arrangements start to require reexamination. Hobbies may become stale, only to regain their appeal years down the line. And sometimes, one’s feet do not find purchase on the next step, or the whole structure meant to support a person’s climb fails at the most crucial moment.
Falls from ladders and relatively low heights can result in injury and death. OSHA has standards to prevent use of unsafe equipment as well as ladder-related injuries in the workplace.
Ask IFAS publications AE569 and AE570 summarize the sections of these OSHA standards that apply to portable ladders and fixed ladders, respectively. These two articles also provide helpful diagrams and discuss employer responsibilities, ladder features, surface and spacing requirements, and safe ladder usage.