13. MANAGING FALL RISK 66 Ladders Every year in Finland there are several ladder-related fatal accidents. Slippery or uneven areas around the top and the bottom of the ladder often cause ladders to fall. Therefore, always tie off (secure) a ladder at the top. There are also other ways in short-term work to prevent ladders from falling or sliding (e.g. by having a co-worker hold the ladder). It is forbidden to use ladders as working levels. Ladders can be used only as a temporary passageway or while fastening or removing lifting gear or when performing other similar one-time short tasks. Use the top steps only as a handgrip. Use only certified ladders. Stepladders (A-ladders) should be used for light work only when it is not reasonable to call for scaffolding. They should be used only in spaces that are not higher than normal rooms and they should be standing on an even and firm floor. Mobile elevating work platforms In some situations mobile elevating work platforms can be used instead of scaffolding. Mistakes in the operation of the mobile elevating work platform may lead to serious accidents. Learn the operation instructions of the crane and the operating environment before you attempt its use. Do routine check-ups always in the beginning of your shift.
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