Falls from ladders can be as painful as a fall from a roof. About a third of all reported falls are falls from ladders. Many fall-related injuries result from improper use or the use of a defective ladder.
Step/extension ladders are made to access/egress upper levels, not to be used as work platforms. There are ladders, such as order pickers, that are specially designed for use as work platforms. These ladders are constructed with a small platform and guardrail.
Safe Work Rules for Ladder Use: