How Does Safety Rate on Your Farm or Ranch?

  • Karsky, Thomas J.;
  • Jaussi, A. K.




Priority level

Target date

Hazard corrected


Are ladders inspected before each use? Are they replaced or repaired immediately if found faulty?






Are wooden ladders coated with clear preservatives so that faults or cracks are visible?






Are metal ladders free of weld cracks, missing rivets, etc?

Are ropes on extension ladders in good condition?

Are the feet of the ladder in good condition?

Do you face the ladder when climbing up or down or when working from the ladder?






Are areas around the top and bottom of the ladder clear of obstruction or debris?






Are straight ladders placed at a four to one angle (the base set one foot out for every four feet up)?






Are metal ladders avoided where electrical contact is possible from overhead wires?






When using a ladder, does it extend at least three feet above the landing level?






Have you replaced any missing or damaged rungs on the ladder?






Are two people involved with moving or erecting long ladders?






Do you store ladders where they cannot be damaged?

Do you always put a ladder on firm footing or compacted soil?






Is work with ladders avoided in windy or stormy conditions?

When working from a ladder, do you always keep the trunk of your body centered within the ladder rails?







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