Ladders are crucial tools when it comes to executing maintenance services in our homes. Therefore, they are an integral tool in our sheds. However, the same tool has been found to be the major cause of home accidents (and to the extreme, death) which are almost always a result of falling. For homeowners, the consequences are unfortunately often fatal.
The story is similar to that of company employers who fail to take note of their employees who seemingly perform tasks they have never done before on ladders. This is a violation of the safety ladder tips—which state that you need to familiarize yourself with the safety guidelines before getting up the ladder. The cause of this is a lack of training for employees and the result can be serious injury to the employee as well as financial ruin for the employer.
14 ESSENTIAL LADDER SAFETY TIPS:
Planning to paint your house, clean out your gutters, or maybe hang some decorations?
Here are the 14 ladder safety tips you need to consider:
- Always use the ladder for its intended purpose only and adhere to its safety guidelines. Note that every type of ladder comes with specific safety rules.
- Ensure the ladder is in good shape by looking out for any cracks, defects, and also confirm that the bolts are securely tightened. Perform any needed repairs before you climb the ladder. Never leave this to luck!
- Avoid leaning out too far or over-reaching as this may cause the ladder to tip over. Always keep your belt buckle between the rails to avoid the over-reaching habit. Indeed, over-reaching is the main cause of ladders tipping over or falls off of ladders as you could lose balance.
- Remember to also have your body centered on the ladder as you maintain a firm grip.
- Have somebody to help you hold the ladder while you’re working. Helpers also come in handy when moving a heavy ladder. They can also watch out for other hazards as you complete your chores.
- If possible, avoid carrying anything on a ladder as this may cause you to lose balance. Instead, you can use a line or rope tied to a bucket to lift up items from the ground. A simple hoisting system can literally be a life-saver!
- Before getting up the ladder, ensure that the ladder’s feet have some slip-resistant pads. You can as well consider putting on shoes with non-slip and heavy soles to prevent foot fatigue and to enhance your safety as well.
- Ensure that you face the ladder while climbing up, and also make sure that your first foot is firmly set before you move the next one. Sturdy shoes are a must-have when climbing ladders; this is not the place for your favorite flip-flops.
- You should never attempt to move a ladder while you (or another person) is still on it. Yes, it’s aggravating to come all the way down, move the ladder, and climb back up. However, this is the only truly safe way to move a ladder from place to place.
- Always use the three points of contact method of ladder climbing. This method requires the ladder user to have both hands and one foot in contact with the ladder at any given time; or the opposite can be true—both feet and one hand.
- Never place the ladder in front of a door that opens towards it. If you have to do so, then ensure that the door is blocked and locked or open. In addition, you should consider having somebody to guard it at all times that you’re up the ladder.
- Always wear protective gloves, eyewear, shoes, or other necessary clothing to protect yourself from infections or contamination since some projects could involve unsanitary materials.
- Get a fiberglass ladder in case you intend to fix or have contact with electricity gadgets. Never use a metal ladder to work on electrical jobs.
- Never stand on the upper-most rung of the ladder. This can cause you to make the ladder lose balance and leave you hurtling to the ground from the highest point of the ladder. Use a taller ladder rather than attempting this dangerous practice.
You obviously need a ladder to reach the seemingly far ends of your home. A ladder is a much-needed tool to accomplish those hard-to-reach jobs. Like all tools, you should have a healthy respect for them and knowledge of safety guidelines prior to putting it to use. Remember that you have the power to keep yourself, family, and employees safe by adhering to all the ladder safety tips every time you intend to use a ladder.
Author Bio: Deborah Tayloe is a DIY blogger and freelance copywriter. She is a frequent contributor to GutterBrush. When she’s not writing about DIY, you’ll find her working on home restoration projects around her North Carolina home.