Guide To Selecting And Using Ladders

Author: Ari Erenthal, Published on Nov 15, 2016

Ladders are one of the most important pieces of worksite equipment for the surveillance technician. Too often, however, even highly experienced technicians using old or defective ladders in an unsafe or inefficient manner. This guide will show you how to choose the right ladder for the job and how to use it safely, whether you are a brand new apprentice or a crew supervisor.

We cover

  • Step ladders vs extension ladders vs articulated ladders
  • Aluminum vs fiberglass ladders
  • Duty ratings
  • One-person ladder carrying techniques
  • Ladder angles
  • Fiberglass vs Aluminum vs Wood

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Comments (16)

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