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Looking for toolbox talks ladders topics? We have you covered! Below you will find 5 that you will find useful to share during your next safety meeting. As always, we encourage you to edit our general contents to ensure it’s specific to your own work conditions.

A Toolbox Talk About Being Safe While Using Ladders

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Here are some Toolbox Talks ladders topics. Feel free to share with your crew.

Whether you’re working with a ladder at home or on the job, there are some key safety tips you should keep in mind. Please review the list below to minimize hazards associated with ladder use.

  • Inspect all ladders BEFORE USE for deficiencies like broken rungs, rails and footing pads (so they don’t slip).
  • If you’re using an extension ladder, check the pulleys, ropes and locks for signs of wear.
  • Remove any damaged ladders from service. If the ladder is unable to be repaired, make sure it’s properly disposed of.
  • Be sure the ground is stable when setting up a ladder. It shouldn’t be located on a muddy surface, as this could result in a slip.
  • Don’t use any materials (i.e. bricks) to raise the height of the ladder. Remember, if the ladder isn’t tall enough, then it’s not the right ladder. Get a new one.
  • Make sure the ladder reaches at least 3 feet above the point of support, and that it’s properly secured.
  • Using a step ladder? Make sure the folding cross braces are locked before you use it.
  • While ascending a ladder, face it and have both hands free so you can grasp it properly. Don’t carry tools in your hand – use a tool belt or pull them up with a rope after you’re done using the ladder.
  • Practice three points of contact, which means having two hands and one foot (or two feet and one hand) on the ladder while using.
  • You should keep your body between the side rails of the ladder, as this will minimize the change of tipping/falling.
  • You shouldn’t climb higher than the third rung from the top of the ladder.

We know there’s a lot there to remember, but when you practice safety while working with a ladder, you reduce your chances of an injury.

Ladder Safety Tips Toolbox Talk

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Here are some Toolbox Talks ladders topics. Don’t forget to edit the contents so it’s specific to your own work conditions.


When you think of a terrible injury while on the job, you probably don’t think a ladder could be involved in such an accident, right? We understand – it seems like such a basic task to engage in. However, what you may fail to realize is that people get into accidents all the time while using ladders. So, what do you need to remember to stay safe?

#1: Inspect Ladders Before Use

During your inspection, look for things like:

  • Loose or missing rungs
  • Loose nails, bolts or screws
  • Worn/damaged rungs or side rails
  • Corrosion of metal ladders

Remember, if you find a damaged ladder that shouldn’t be used, report it and remove from service. If the ladder can’t be repaired, make sure it’s properly disposed of.

#2: Use the Right Ladder

Before starting your task, determine the type of ladder you need to use. Here are some tips to be mindful of while selecting one:

  • Make sure ladders are long enough to properly complete the job
  • Don’t create hazards with ladders by setting them up in high traffic areas such as doorways or walkways – as people may run into them.
  • Keep ladder landing areas free of debris or material that could create a tripping hazard.
  • Never attempt to increase the height of ladders by using boxes, barrels, bricks or other materials.
  • Make sure the ladder is located on stable ground.
  • Be sure that your boots are clean before using a ladder – things like oil, grease or even mud can cause you to slip.
  • Face the ladder and hold with both hands while ascending or descending.
  • Don’t carry tools or materials in your hands, and this will impact your ability to practice three-points of contact.
  • Don’t reach or lean off a ladder, as this could cause the ladder to move or tip.
  • Never use the ladder while someone else is. Ladders are designed to hold one person at a time. Multiple people could cause it to tip.

Work Safely with Ladders

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When working with ladders, you can never be too safe. Check out the Toolbox Talk below and share with your crew.


Are you working regularly with ladders? If yes, it’s important to note that they are NOT work platforms, but are designed to provide access from one level to another. When you’re working at a higher level, be sure to check with your employer about when a safety harness is required. If you’re required to wear one, please use a proper tie-off point (not the ladder).

Secure ladders on the top and the bottom to make sure it doesn’t slip or tip over. It should always be setup on stable, even and solid ground. You should also have a co-worker hold the ladder. Remember to look around for hazards that may be present in the area before setting up a ladder. Watch for things like overhead wires or energized electrical equipment.

It’s very important that you practice three points of contact while using a ladder. Failure to do so can result in a fall.

You should also inspect ladders before use. If you find a ladder with damaged rungs or other parts, it must be replaced or properly disposed of. Keep in mind that aluminum ladders are light so they can be damaged easier if mishandled.

Ladders Everywhere Toolbox Talk

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All ladders are different, and you need to be safe while using any of them.


We use ladders for many jobs including while building or roofing a home, and more! They help us get from one level to another safely. If you’re a painter, plumber, or sheet rock professional, you will probably use ladder of all sizes.

Four of the most common types of ladders are:

  1. Straight ladder
  2. Fixed ladder
  3. Extension ladder
  4. Step ladder

It’s easy to take ladder use for granted – it’s a basic task, and therefore, there shouldn’t be any safety concerns, right? Well, this can be true if they are used correctly. So, how can you ensure you use ladders safely? Here’s some tips:

  • Select the right length of ladder needed for the job
  • Inspect a ladder before use – which includes checking for damaged rungs, or side rails.
  • Check for hazards in the area like power lines overhead.
  • Be sure the ladder extends at least 3 feet above the landing area, and you should also tie it off to prevent tipping.
  • Make sure the ladder is setup on stable and even ground, so it doesn’t fall.
  • Use both hands while climbing, and always face forward.
  • Hoist any tools or materials instead of carrying them so you can practice three-point contact while using the ladder.

Safety Toolbox Talk About ALL Ladder Types

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Lots of ladders, that’s for sure! How can you stay safe at work? Check out the toolbox talk below and find out.


Ladders can be extremely helpful tools while on the job. They allow us to reach higher levels, or even get to lower levels (i.e. trenches). As you know, a ladder consists of two side rails joined at regular intervals by rungs (or steps, cleats, etc.). People use these as a means of travelling up or down a ladder.

There are many types of ladders including: fixed ladders, extension ladders, and step ladders to name a few. They can be made using various types of materials including metal, wood, or even fibreglass.

Fixed Ladders

A fixed ladder is not adjustable in terms of its length, and it’s attached to a structure. It’s not self-supporting or portable like most ladders.

Step Ladders

A step ladder is self-supporting and portable but aren’t adjustable in length.

Extension Ladders

While extending the ladder to desired height, make sure the extension hooks are being utilized.

When selecting a ladder, always consider its capacity, height and footing requirements, and if it will be used in an indoor or outdoor area. Check the rungs to make sure they aren’t damaged. Setup the ladder on solid and even ground and make sure it’s in good condition and safe for use.

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