Stepladders (or A-frame ladders) are designed to be self-supporting.  There are several important points when using stepladders:

  • The spreaders must be fully extended and locked in place before climbing
  • The maximum working height of a stepladder may not be exceeded.
Danger: Do not stand on or above this step
  • Paint trays are not steps and should only be used for holding paint cans and trays
  • Unless designed for such use, the back of the ladder may not be used for climbing
  • Stepladders should never be leaned against a wall for use as a straight ladder.


Kelly States
Assistant Director

Jamie McQuaid
Program Manager