Proper technique should be followed when carrying a ladder to avoid injury to yourself, other people or objects. Be aware of obstacles in your surroundings when you carry a ladder. Move slowly, especially if you're not used to using a ladder, and follow these steps.

Step 1

Place the closed ladder sideways on the ground with the rungs facing you. The top of the ladder should be to your left and bottom to your right.

Step 2

Stand next to the rung which is about one-third up the ladder from the bottom end. The longer the ladder, the closer you'll have to stand to the middle rung in order to maintain balance.

Step 3

Turn your body left so it's at a right angle to the ladder facing toward the top end. Bend at the knees without bending or leaning with your back. Grab the outside rail with your right hand. If the ladder is too heavy to carry with one hand, grab the inside rail with your left hand at the same time

Step 4

Lift the ladder using your knees, not your back. If it feels like too much weight is tipping toward the front or back, set the ladder down and move a little closer to the end that feels more weighted before trying to lift again. Keep arms fully extended while carrying.

Step 5

Use your feet to turn, not your waist. Before turning, check for obstacles at each end.