To prevent falls from ladders while working:
- Make sure that an extension or straight ladder are erected according to the “4 to 1” rule of thumb.
- Safe work practices should be established by the employer for ascending and descending extension or straight ladders with materials and/ or equipment.
- All non-self-supporting ladders should be secured at the top and stabilized at the bottom.
- While working from ladders, workers should wear appropriate footwear.
Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, "Workers Killed in Falls from Ladders" (2006). Kentucky Haz Alerts--Falls. 4.