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Various hazards are present when working with portable ladders. Hazards begin the moment you pick up a portable ladder to transport it. Strains or sprains can be experienced when lifting and carrying heavy portable ladders. Longer ladders are extremely difficult to navigate. If the ladder is too heavy or too long, get help. Always carry a ladder horizontally. It is much easier to keep a clear view of travel if the ladder is carried horizontally, and you will not run the risk of coming in contact with electrical lines, light fixtures, or unexpected obstructions that can cause electrical shock or sudden stops. Unwieldy ladders have struck more than one unsuspecting pedestrian. Once in use, a portable ladder can slip or slide, break, or tip over, causing you to fall. The risk of falling off a portable or fixed ladder is high. The risks can be lowered by selecting the right ladder for the job, inspecting and repairing or removing the ladder from service when there is a defect, and following safe practices. Materials or tools used while climbing or working could fall and strike an unsuspecting passerby. It is important to use a tool belt or basket to hoist tools to the next level in order to keep tools secured and to keep your hands free for climbing.

Once you are finished with the portable ladder, it is important to store it properly. Injuries are inevitable when a ladder that is leaned against a wall is bumped and tips over. Horizontal tips can cause serious injury to the head, neck, or back of an unsuspecting person. Vertical tips crush toes and bruise feet and legs. A hanger placed on the wall is an ideal way to store ladders and helps prevent injury from tripping over it or being struck as it falls.