|Topic: Securing a ladder||Issued by: VP, WorkSafe Services|
|Statute: General Regulation 91-191||Date Issued: October 8, 1997|
|Paragraph: 125(2)(a)||Date Revised: January 26, 2011|
125(2) An employee who uses a portable ladder shall ensure that
(a) the ladder is secured against movement.
Is it necessary to require a second employee to be present to hold the ladder at the bottom until the top is secured?
Under normal circumstances, an employee would be permitted to climb a ladder for the purpose of securing it at the top, without a second person holding the ladder provided that the ladder is first secured at the bottom before climbing. In addition, the ladder should be set up as follows:
There may be some circumstances that would require a second person to hold the ladder.
These would include conditions that would permit a ladder to move sideways such as: