Picture This! When Standing on the Top Cap of a Stepladder Just Isn’t Dangerous Enough

Date First Published on SafetySmart Compliance: August 3rd, 2016
Topics: Ladders | Platforms | Safety Training | Slips, Trips and Falls |


Most workers wouldn’t dream of standing on the top cap of a stepladder, let alone the uppermost rung. But this worker is raising the stakes by standing on top of a bucket perched on the top cap. If this perilous setup started rocking, the worker holding the bucket would have little chance of preventing a serious fall. (Naval Safety Center)

Related Compliance Material

  • Here is another photograph showing a grossly unsafe use for ladders. Share it with your workers as a reminder of what not to do.
  • This article presents a 10-step compliance game plan for the safe use of portable metal ladders.

Related Training Material

Visit SafetySmart.com

  • Share this safety talk with your workers to help them identify and avoid fall hazards.
  • Here is another safety talk covering ladder safety and the fact that many workers take ladders for granted.
  • This article presents a 13-step plan to identify and eliminate slip, trip and fall hazards in your workplace.