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You're not doing your job as a manager if you haven't thought hard about equipment and safety when you're working on ladders and staging. Although productivity must be the first priority, spending time on a safe set-up isn't lost time. People work faster when they feel safer. And many ladder and scaffold attachments actually increase productivity. Ladders Ladders qualify as one of the most misused tools in the industry. Most contractors try to make an old ladder last longer than it should. Wood ladders are especially bad. If you have to patch one with tie wire and scab on a cross brace, get rid of it and invest in a new one. Find ladders well matched to the work