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Section 73 of Regulation 851 (Industrial Establishments) made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act prescribes the required features and use of portable ladders in the context of an industrial workplace. Non-compliance with Section 73 may create a hazard for the worker. Requirements for the instruction/training of workers, maintenance of equipment, and the use of personal, protective equipment, such as fall arrest, may also apply in specific circumstances. In addition to legal requirements relating to the features and use of ladders, workplace parties should also consider safe practices, such as: the correct choice of ladder in specific circumstances, how to set it up, its weight capacity, and environmental conditions in which the ladder is being used in the workplace.
Range of movement
Characteristics of object
|Male lifting object lighter than:||Female lifting object lighter than:|
|Below shoulder height||14 kg||8 kg|
|Above shoulder height||12 kg||7 kg|
For further information on ladder safety, contact your health and safety association www.healthandsafetyontario.ca.
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