Safety tips for rolling stairs include having empty hands when ascending and descending the unit, making sure the unit is free and clear of all contaminants, and making sure the unit is equipped with a brake or locking unit, according to the Douglas Equipment Company. Units in excess of 10 feet in height should have guardrails installed.
Other rolling stairs or ladder safety tips include surveying the area to avoid any hazards that may be present in the work environment, LinkedIn reports. Ladders should be stable prior to use, and the user should verify the load, weight and ladder capacity before he uses it. Rolling units should not be kept outside to avoid corrosion and rust.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has set minimum national requirements for the use of ladders in business, including the use of rolling ladders, Cisco-Eagle explains. Each state may have its own regulation under OSHA that could be more strict than the federal regulations. State codes usually supersede federal codes.
Portable metal ladder stairs should have a coating on them to prevent slipping, according to OSHA. OSHA standards also mandate that any ladder that dents as the result of tipping over should be immediately inspected and checked for loose rail or hardware connections.