Proper safety and use of ladders is taken one step at a time just like climbing a ladder. In order to keep you out of the emergency room here’s some steps you can take when working on ladders.
- Check before climbing. Thoroughly inspect the ladder before climbing it. Look for anything that could be damaged, broken, or bent. Also, make sure it’s clean and free from mud, oil, and other slippery substances.
- Pyramid power. One of the best ways to avoid falling off your ladder is to keep your hands and feet in a pyramid or triangular shape. Have two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder. The ladder is less likely to fall or slip during your climb using this technique.
- Location location location. The placement of where you and your ladder are can make the difference between a job well done or a day in the hospital. No matter what type of ladder you are using, make sure it’s placed on a flat, even surface and not on top of any objects.
- Avoid placing anything on the top ledge of the ladder because you don’t want anything falling off and hurting you or those around you.
Using a ladder can be done safely. When we are safe we are more productive. Ladder safety does matter.