Three Points of Contact - Ladder Safety
When climbing a ladder, it is safest to utilize Three Points of Contact because it minimizes the chances of slipping and falling from the ladder. At all times during ascent, descent, and working, the ladder climber must face the ladder and have two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder steps, rungs and/or side rails.
This way, the ladder climber is not likely to become unstable in the event one limb slips during the climb. It is important to note that the climber must not carry any objects in either hand that may interfere with their firm grip on the ladder. Otherwise, their Three Points of Contact with the ladder cannot be adequately maintained. Their chances of falling is significantly increased in the event that either their hand or foot slipping occurs.