Wayne’s Service Tips – Clothing and Ladder Safety

by Wayne Tracy
wayneLast month I discussed the importance of using power and hand tools safely. As a continuation of this topic, below are safety points in proper working attire, protective clothing and proper use of ladders.


  • goggleForm Fitting Pants should be worn at all times—No Baggies.
  • Straight leg paints – no bell bottoms
  • Shirts with short or long sleeves at all times—No muscle shirts or working shirtless.
  • Jewelry should not be worn.
  • Hard Hats when the job site requires it.
  • Steel Toed work boots when the job site requires it.
  • Use Safety Glasses whenever cutting sheet metal, cleaning air-ducts, or removing or installing grills & registers.
  • Use Safety Goggles whenever working with any chemicals.
  • Protective full body suits whenever inside ductwork
  • safety gearGloves should be worn whenever cutting sheet metal.
  • Rubber Chemical gloves should be worn when working with corrosive or hazardous chemicals.
  • When working in attics, crawl spaces or floor vents, knee pads are important.


  • Never use a damaged ladder.
  • Never climb beyond the 3rd rung from the top of an extension ladder or beyond the 3rd step of a stepladder.
  • Ladders & Stepladders should always be placed on level, stable surfaces. Don’t put a ladder on a piece of furniture, desk, etc. to lengthen your reach.
  • Extension Ladders must extend at least 3 feet above the landing area.
  • Nothing should ever be carried up a ladder—use a hand line to hall items up & down.
  • The base of the ladder should be set out about 1/4 the working length of a ladder.
  • Ladder steps and rungs must be kept free of debris and oils.
  • laddersStepladders should never be used as straight ladders.
  • The backside of a stepladder should never be used for climbing.
  • Some job/construction sites may have very specific guidelines for ladders and stepladders, check with the site safety officer for details.
  • Ladders should never be used beyond the weight loads they are designed for.
  • At least one hand must be on the ladder at all times when climbing.
  • You must always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
  • Tools should never be left on any step of a stepladder unless secured in some way.
  • Stepladders are not meant to be used gaining access to a roof.
  • Extension ladders must be tied off on the roof top to a solid anchor (i.e. railings, a sewer exhaust pipe, brick chimney, etc.

The above safety tips are meant to be a guideline for general workplace safety and do not include all OSHA Safety requirements. Please consult appropriate OSHA standards for any specific requirements.

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