As the summer comes to an end and people are having work done to get ready for fall such as; paint jobs, cleaning gutters, one should pay careful attention to the following ladder safety tips.
Ladder climbing takes place in almost every home and workplace.
Falls off ladders are near the top in causes of fatal work related injuries in the construction industry and the third leading cause in all industries combined.
- Be sure to inspect the ladder before using it. Check for broken or missing parts, as well as grease, oil or other substances that could result in a slippery surface.
- To ensure stability, place the ladder on firm, even ground. Make sure it is not near any electrical wires or power lines.
- When setting up the ladder, use the 4 to 1 rule. For example, if the ladder touches the wall 16 feet above the ground, the feet of the ladder should be 4 feet away from the wall.
- Before climbing the ladder, make sure the braces are fully extended and locked in place. Never climb higher than the third rung from the top of the ladder, and never try to “jog” or “walk” the ladder to a new location. Descend and relocate the ladder instead.
-When working from a ladder, stay in the center and do not reach more than a comfortable arm’s length away. Keep your feet braced against the side rails and lean slightly forward.
-Always face the ladder when ascending or descending.
-Whenever possible, work within sight of someone who could provide assistance in the event of an emergency.