One of the most important tools an aviation maintenance technician uses doesn’t fit in a toolbox. From drills and screwdrivers, and even magnets, there’s a lot of tools an AMT uses regularly. But there’s one in particular that’s integral for just about every job: a ladder. No matter the size of the aircraft, there’s going to be areas you can’t reach from the ground. That’s where ladders come in. In honor of National Ladder Safety Month this March, we’ve got some ladder safety tips for you!
- Choose a ladder that has the proper load capacity- it should be able to hold you, your equipment, and supplies
- Inspect your ladder before use
- Wear slip resistant shoes
- Place the ladder on firm, level ground
- Maintain three points of contact while ascending and descending (always have two feet and one hand or one foot and two hands on the ladder) to minimize the chance of slipping and falling
- Use a toolbelt or hand line to carry tools
- Extend the top of the ladder three feet above the landing
- Climb the ladder if you are feeling tired or dizzy
- Use ladders in high winds or storms
- Have more than one person on the ladder unless it is specifically designed for that
- Place ladder in front of a closed door that opens towards the ladder
- Move or shift the ladder while it is in use
- Lean or reach outside of the ladder’s side rails
- Climb while carrying tools
- Place the ladder on boxes or barrels to increase its height
- Use a ladder horizontally like platform
Stationary ladders aren’t the only ones used by AMTs. They often use mobile ladders as well. Many of the same safety precautions should be taken on these ladders as their stationary counterparts. Make sure you are inspecting them before use, never move it while it’s in use, and take the proper precautions while ascending and descending.
If you’d like to learn more about what it takes to be an AMT or you’re ready to get your career off the ground- literally and figuratively- contact NCI today!