Employers are required to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. OSHA received 57 reports of an incidents involving a ladder in 2020, 43 of the 57 reports are fatalities due to falling from a ladder.


1. A ladder is deemed unsafe when it is too long or too short for the job. Make sure the length is sufficient to avoid standing on the top rung or step of the ladder.

2. Pay close attention to the ladder’s duty rating- it should exceed the total weight of the climber plus any tools, hoses, or supplies.

3. Always ensure the ladder is placed on a firm, level ground, without any obstructions or slippery surfaces near or around the ladder. Are employees wearing slip-resistant shoes with heavy soles for added traction?

4. Avoid using ladders that is worn, sways or leans to one side, or has loose or missing parts.

5. Climbing up or down ladders is safest when using three points of contact.