Most of us are aware of the basic ladder safety rules, but we often choose to ignore them. Before climbing a ladder, ensure that you select the right ladder for the job at hand. The two most common types of ladder are the step ladder and the straight ladder. Straight ladders can be a single ladder or an extension ladder that can be adjusted for additional height. The multi function ladder is also common in many facilities. Due to their versatility and portability, these ladders can perform a variety of tasks.

Ladders may be made from wood, aluminum of fiberglass. Aluminum ladders conduct electricity, so should never be used while performing electrical work or where they may come in contact with live electrical parts. Be sure to check wooden ladders for hard to spot defects, especially if it has been painted.

Ladders should always be returned to their proper place of storage. Ensure that the storage facility is well protected from weather exposure. Store ladders on horizontal racks. There should be a support rung every 6 feet in order to prevent the middle of the ladder from developing a sag. Avoid storing other items on top of ladders. If transporting a ladder and it overhangs the vehicle, mark it with a red flag. When carrying a ladders hold it near the center.