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Safety & Use Limitations

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Tallman Orchards harvest in August, 1976

Although our product is very stable when used as intended, for your safety we wish to point out the usage limitations of our product. Although we build our ladders with the finest of materials and workmanship, we recognize that this ladder has limited uses. As with any task, there is the right tool for the job at hand. The Tripod Orchard Ladder is designed for orchard and landscape maintenance use, where it is used on soil or turf type surfaces. The feet and pole of the Tripod Ladder do not have rubber feet, and can not be used on hard surfaces such as floors, concrete, pavement, etc.. There also is not a spreader bar between the main frame of the ladder and the third leg (pole) to keep it from spreading. All three points that come in contact with the ground depend on slight penetration of the turf or soil to remain stable.

The following information appears on our labels on each ladder.

  1. Inspect ladder upon receipt and before each use. Check to see that all rivets and parts are tight. NEVER USE A DAMAGED, BENT OR BROKEN LADDER.


  3. Ladders are designed for one person only. DO NOT OVERLOAD.

  4. POSITION PROPERLY: Steps should be level (rails at 72 degrees), and the third leg straight out from center line of ladder on level ground. For hillside use, third leg should be placed uphill. For cross sloping ground, adjust third leg slightly down slope for greater stability.

  5. DO NOT OVER REACH and lose your balance. Move ladder closer to your work if you can not keep your belt buckle area between rails.

  6. Do not sit on top of ladder, or stand on top two steps.

  7. Destroy ladder if exposed to fire, high heat or strong chemicals. Tempered aluminum alloy will lose strength if exposed to the above.

  8. Owner of this ladder shall instruct user to proper usage and limitations.

  9. This ladder is designed for ORCHARD AND LANDSCAPING USE ONLY. No rubber feet or spreader bars installed. If used otherwise, to prevent slippage, make sure all three points are on ground or turf, and not on hard surface. Stability depends on slight ground penetration plus proper positioning.


Safety Links

OSHA QuickCard “Protecting Workers from Tripod Orchard Ladder Injuries” (English/Spanish)

OSHA Fact Sheet “Safe Use of Tripod Orchard Ladders” (English)

SAIF Orchard Ladder Safety Poster (English/Spanish)

Ladder Safety Print Out Sheet (English)

Ladder Safety Print Out Sheet (Spanish)

Safety Videos

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: (English Link)

Washington State Department of Labor & Industries: (Spanish Link)

Tripod Ladder Safety

Proper set up and use on hillsides.

Orchard ladders are for turf or ground use only.

Not intended for use on hard surfaces.

Office Hours (PST):

Mon: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Tue: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Wed: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Thurs: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Fri: 8:00AM - 5:00PM
Weekends: Closed

Tallman Orchards harvest in August, 1976