BEFORE YOU BUY IT
- All of our ladders are "Special use" or "Special purpose" ladders designed specifically for orchard use.
- All points that contact the ground depend on penetration of the turf for stability. Orchard use ladders do not have spreader arms, tethers or rubber feet to prevent slipping or skidding, or on tripods spreading of the third leg.
- Our ladders should never be used on a hard or slick surface such as cement or pavement.
- Proper height selection of the ladder is very important. Using a ladder that is not sized correctly for the job to be performed could result in injury or death.
- All of our ladders are metal and should never be used near a conductive source.
BEFORE YOU USE IT
- Inspect upon receipt and prior to each use; never use a damaged, bent, or broken ladder. Never use a ladder showing excessive wear or that has loose or missing parts.
- Read all safety and use labeling.
- Ladder should be clean and free of sap, grease, oil, mud, or snow. Keep your shoes clean as well during use and never wear leather soles.
- Never use a ladder if any of the above listed concerns are present during your inspection. Never make a temporary or "Field" repair to ladders found to be damaged, missing parts, or otherwise unsafe for use. Ladder should be removed from service until it can be replaced or repaired correctly.
- Do not use orchard ladders if you are physically impaired, afraid of heights, tire easily, are prone to fainting or dizziness, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- All of our ladders are designed for use on soil for agricultural applications. Never use the ladder on an impenetrable or slippery surface such as cement, pavement, rock, etc.
- Danger! Metal ladders are highly conductive; avoid all contact with any source of electricity. Always check your work area for live wires prior to use. Wires may be concealed by foliage so check carefully. Never use a ladder during an electrical storm.
- Position the ladder to reach your intended work area and open or lean it until the steps are level. Tripods should always have the third leg set in a stable position straight away from the centerline of the ladder. Never manipulate the pole to one side or another.
- If using on sloping ground, always face the third leg pole straight up slope.
- Step up onto the lower step with both feet while at the same time firmly grabbing onto both rails. While remaining on the first step, gently shift your weight side to side as well as slightly forward on tripods toward the pole. This should allow the ladder feet and third leg on tripods to slightly penetrate the soil "SETTING" the ladder into a working position.
- Step back off the ladder and make sure the steps are still level and that all points that contact the ground have slightly and evenly penetrated the turf. If necessary, adjust the ladder slightly and repeat the above step
- The most important thing you can do to prevent injury to yourself or your employees is use good common sense. If you are unsure of the safety of your ladder or the job you are using it for STOP, don't do it!
- Always face ladder when climbing up or down, keep your body centered between the side rails at all times.
- Always use a firm grip and a three-point contact when climbing. This would be (two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand), don't hold objects in hands.
- You should always stand in a manner that would allow your body to stay centered between the two side rails of the ladder. If you cannot reach your intended work area using this guideline, get down and move the ladder to where you can reach it safely.
- Always carry the ladder in a safe manner mindful of any hazards in your work area. When carrying or repositioning the ladder never hold in an upright position as you may hit a live wire. Never carry the ladder positioned over your neck or in any other unsafe manner which may cause yourself or those around you injury. It is recommended the ladder be carried with one end facing forward, slung over one shoulder or to your side.
- Do not overload the ladder, it is meant for one person. When calculating maximum load always count the user + any materials they may be carrying.
- Always maintain a safe standing height, it is not recommended that you stand on or above the third step from the top as tipping may occur. If you cannot reach your intended working area without climbing too high, get a taller ladder.
SAFE STANDING HEIGHTS ON ORCHARD LADDERS
Orchard ladders are unlike other types of ladders that are used on a hard, stable, and flat surface. As such safe standing heights are very subjective and have many variables such as body make up, slope and condition of the terrain, tools or implements being used, and so on. Our suggested safe standing height is just that, "Suggested" and cannot possibly account for every variable. If at any time the ladder you are on appears to be tippy, even if you are below the suggested safe standing height, climb down and adjust the ladder to a safer stance.
- Danger! Metal ladders are highly conductive; avoid all contact with any source of electricity. Never use a ladder during an electrical storm!
- Never use the ladder improperly. It was not designed to be a bridge, prop, or workbench.
- Never "WALK", "JOG", "HOP" or otherwise move the ladder while standing on it.
- Never use a ladder that has been exposed to extreme heat or strong chemicals as the metal may have been weakened without showing any visible signs of damage. The ladder should be destroyed and disposed of.
- Never use a ladder that is broken, damaged, or excessively worn.
- Never use a ladder that has excessive or unsafe repairs made to it. Ladders, no matter how well built, still require replacement from time to time like any tool.
- Never sit or relax on a ladder, take your breaks on the ground!
PROPER STORAGE AND CARE
- To protect small children, never leave a ladder set-up or unattended.
- Store your ladder in a safe, dry, and secure place. Storing your ladder out of the elements when not in use will add years to its useful life.
- If stored outdoors keep ladder clean and free of foreign materials. Do not store near or under trees.
- Clean ladder when necessary to remove dirt, mud, sap, and other harmful materials.
- Never stack materials of any kind on your ladder during storage
- Always properly secure ladders during transport