U.S. Department of Labor
Process: Surface Preparation and Preservation
Falls: Problems and Solutions
Workers frequently use ladders to access areas for preparatory work and the removal or application of coatings. However, falls and other injuries are more likely to occur when a ladder or other means of access is used incorrectly in an effort to save time.
Examples of inappropriate ladder use:
- Using a stepladder as an extension ladder by leaning it against a bulkhead for support.
- Using the top steps of a supported ladder.
Stepladder safety is basic ... make sure to:
- Fully open the ladder on a secure, level surface.
- Lock spreaders (bracing) in place. Do not climb higher than the designated limit.
- Do not straddle the top of the ladder.
Without a logical sequence and clear plan for working through a compartment, blasters may trip and fall over their lines and hoses.
A deliberate plan allows lines and hoses to be staged to minimize tripping hazards.
Lines and hoses should initially be staged at one end of a space and pulled in the direction of the work.
Lines and hoses should then be staged at the opposite end for a second pass in the other direction.