Safety tips for the safe use of access technology solutions from KRAUSE

General information:

  1. Ladders may solely be used within a normal scale; otherwise we recommend using scaffolds.
  2. The two top rungs/steps of a step ladder without holding device may not be used.
  3. A provisional extension of the ladder with objects of any kind is not allowed.
  4. Only use ladders, which are long enough for the intended work; at least 1.0 m longer than the highest connecting point.
  5. Never block a door or any other entrances or exits with a ladder.
  6. Only use original accessories of the manufacturer.
  7. Always use ladder spikes on natural ground.
  8. A safe height compensation (e.g. by ladder beam extensions) must be secured in stair cases or other uneven locations or a special ladder must be utilised.

Before use:

  1. Prior to using the ladder, please check it for possible damages.
  2. Please check all functions (e.g. hinges of hinge ladders).
  3. Please handle the ladders carefully in order to avoid damages.
  4. Wooden ladders may not have a covering coat of paint.
  5. Repairs may only be carried out by experts or under the guidance of the manufacturer.
  6. Ladders and steps must be stored so that they are protected against mechanical damages, drying out, dirt and deflection.
  7. Ladders may not to be mended or extended provisionally.
  8. Damaged ladders and steps must be withdrawn from use.
  9. Before commencing work select the ladders carefully with reference to type and height as well as to obvious defects.
  10. The ladder must be kept clean at all times (no grease, dirt or colour remains).

During use:

  1. Please note the maximum applied load of the ladder.
  2. Please consider a sufficient profile of the foot caps/plugs in order to ensure slip prevention.
  3. Step ladders may not be used as leaning ladders.
  4. Ladders must be assembled on horizontal, non-slippery and sufficiently stable surface.
  5. Ladder feet may not stand on boxes, stones, tables and surfaces such as carpets and foils.
  6. Always wear stable and non-slip shoes.
  7. Do not use material or other utensils that may pose an additional danger e.g. hazardous substances, high-pressure cleaners, welders.
  8. Do not lean out sideways on the ladder (danger of tilting over), if necessary the ladder must be repositioned.
  9. Watch out for the safety distance to electrical overhead powerlines.
  10. Please note the correct working angle to the wall (65° to 75°).
  11. Always lean ladders against objects with sufficient load capacity (please use accessories for windows, poles and masts).
  12. Prior to using the ladder expanding safety device (safety straps) must be tightened and if available compression-tension security devices must be fastened.
  13. Ascending and descending areas must be kept free from objects.
  14. If necessary tether the ladder or let a second person hold the ladder.
  15. Ladders used on public roads must be marked and additionally secured with a barricade post.
  16. Soles must be kept free from dirt and oil (danger of slipping).
  17. Ascend and descend with the face towards the ladder and holding on with at least one hand.
  18. Tools must be carried in suitable bags.

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