setting up a ladder correctly is an important first step to safety
Illustration Ian Worpole

The Right Setup

"I know a lot of people—professionals, even—who have been hurt only because they tried to take a shortcut when setting up their ladders," says This Old House general contractor Tom Silva.

In order to be safe, a ladder needs to remain stationary. Period. And setting it up right is at least half the battle. Here's what proper placement looks like.
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