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Posted on March 10, 2017
You need to use a ladder for some household jobs, such as cleaning the leaves out of your gutters or touching up the paint on your exterior trim. However, if you reach just a little too far, you may suddenly find yourself on the ground! A fall from a ladder can cause major injuries, some of which can be fatal.
LADDER SAFETY BASICS
Setup with Caution:
- Make sure that you select the right ladder for the task you are doing by checking the length of the ladder and its duty rating.
- If you are doing work near power lines, never use a metal ladder because they conduct electricity.
- Before using a ladder, inspect it for damage to the rungs, spreaders and safety feet.
- Do not place a ladder in front of a door that is not locked or guarded.
- Place ladders on steady surfaces that are flat and firm.
- Do not be in a rush to finish a job, especially when working up high.
- Make sure that the weight your ladder is supporting does not exceed the maximum load rating.
- Do not allow more than one person on a ladder at a time.
- Stay centered between the rails of a ladder at all times and do not lean too far to the sides when working.
- Never step on the top step or stand on the rear section of a stepladder.
- Come down from a ladder if you start to feel dizzy or tired.
Kids are curious by nature and most are also fascinated by tools and gadgets. Do not leave a raised ladder unattended—a curious little one could come by, climb up and take a big tumble.
There are approximately 2,000 ladder injuries every day. Whether you use a ladder at work or at home, make sure to follow these tips to stay safe!