The Use of Platform Ladder

A platform ladder is a non-adjustable and self-supporting ladder with a platform at the top from which workers can perform their responsibilities. Platform ladders are not subject to any additional OSHA standards for the majority of applications. However, in order to protect worker health, general ladder laws should be followed. 

The platform ladder is designed to be used by one person and includes a hinged construction for easy storage. The user’s height and reach are added to the Platform Ladder’s highest standing level to determine the maximum work height. 

In the coming section, we shall focus on the use and safety of the platform ladder that would help you in your personal and professional use.

The Correct Use

All four side rails of a Platform Ladder require level ground support. If this condition does not present on the job site, a Platform Ladder should not be used. 

When using a Platform Ladder, make sure the base is fully open, and the Spreaders are locked. Single Ladders and partially open Platform Ladders are not to be used.

The user must ascend or work with the body in the middle of the steps or platform to avoid tipping the ladder over sideways due to over-reaching. Close to the task, the ladder should be set up. 

Never try to relocate the ladder without first descending, relocating it, and then ascending back up. If the ladder is not anchored against the sideways motion, do not attempt to mount it from the side or to step from one ladder to another. 

The rear braces of a Platform Ladder are not designed for climbing or standing and should not be utilized for that purpose. 

Before using the Platform Ladder, make sure the anti-slip feet at the bottom of the side rails are present and in good working order. The ladder should not be used on ice, snow, or other slippery surfaces unless adequate traction is provided. 

In order to gain additional height, a Platform Ladder should never be mounted on other things such as boxes, barrels, scaffolds, or other unstable bases.

Proper Care

When the ladder is first procured, and every time it is put into use, it must be thoroughly inspected. If the climbing and gripping surfaces have been exposed to oil, grease, or slippery materials, clean them. Working parts, bolts, rivets, step-to-side rail connections, and the anti-slip feet (safety shoes) must all be examined. 

Ladders exposed to corrosive substances such as acids or alkali compounds may also suffer from chemical corrosion, resulting in a loss of strength.

These ladders should be taken out of service. 

If a ladder is to be abandoned, it must be demolished in such a way that it is rendered worthless. 

Ladder overhang beyond the rack’s support points should be kept to a minimum. To minimize the effects of vibration, chafing, and road shock, the support points should be made of wood or rubber-covered pipe. The road shock will be substantially reduced if the ladder is secured to each support post.

Ladder-related accidents, deaths, and injuries are highly common, and all ladders are required to meet safety standards. Due to the increased risk of falling when 3-point contact is not maintained, rungs should not be used as platforms. To reduce the danger of injury, enough platforms must be supplied, and load specifications should never be exceeded. 


  • Make sure the ladder is on a stable, level surface at all times. 
  • Double-check that each foot is firmly planted on the ground. 
  • Before climbing the ladder, make sure the platform is fully engaged. 
  • If the spreader is missing, loose, or damaged, do not use a ladder. 
  • Check ladder feet for excessive wear on a regular basis. 
  • When climbing or descending a ladder, you must always face the ladder and keep three limbs in contact with it. 
  • When using a ladder, don’t reach too far; keep your body centered within the stiles. 
  • Always descend the ladder before moving it – do not try to make the ladder walk.
  • Make sure that all tools and other things have been removed before relocating a ladder. 
  • A closed platform stepladder should not be used as a non-self-supporting ladder (e.g., leaning against a wall). 
  • Don’t jump from one ladder to the next. 
  • Ladders should not be used as trestles because they are not built for this use. 
  • If there is an electrical hazard, never use a metal step ladder.

Final Words

Getting the proper information about the proper use and safety of any equipment is vital if you want to make its proper use. The same is the case with a platform ladder. Not many are aware of the uses and safety of a platform ladder. 

Use this erudite guide to make proper use of the platform ladder. You might want to ensure that you use the platform ladder properly and safely to avail yourself of the maximum advantage.