Tips on Ladder Safety
Tips On Ladder Safety to Avoid Injury
Whether you are picking fruit, cleaning gutters, window washing, roof inspecting, or just climbing ladders for fun; these are just a few tips to use for caution when using a ladder.
Ladder injuries are far too common in today’s world. “Males accounted for nearly 77 percent of all ladder-related injuries. Fractures were the most common type of injury, and legs and feet were the most frequently injured parts of the body. The study also found that, among cases were location was recorded, 97 percent of injuries occurred at homes, farms and other non-occupational settings.”
Follow These Tips When Climbing A Ladder
- Always select the correct ladder for the job. One that extends at least 3 feet over the roof line or working surface you plan on working on.
- Always place your ladder on level and firm ground. The leg levelers under the ladder can help, use them to level uneven or soft ground. Leg levelers are devices that you can buy at a hardware or home improvement store.
- Make sure the ladder can support both your weight and the load you are putting on it by checking the ladder’s maximum load rating.
- Make sure your straight and adjustable ladders have both slip-resistant feet, and you are wearing proper shoes for your task.
- Don’t use a metal ladder near power lines or electrical equipment. Stick with wood or fiberglass ladders in these situations and use extra caution.
- No ladder should ever touch a live electric wire!! If you’re not sure if it’s live or not, don’t test it with a ladder.
- Check all rung locks and spreader braces on your ladder to make sure they are set.
- Have a helper hold the bottom of the ladder.
- Keep ladders away from any door that can be opened.
- Only allow one person on a ladder at a time.
- Center your body between the rails of the ladder at all times. Leaning too far to one side while working is a no-no and can cause you to fall. If you were to have a belt on, the buckle should never be outside of the right or left rail of the ladder.
- Do not stand on the top three rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder.
- Stay off of the ladder’s top step and bucket shelf. Labels on ladders warn you not to stand on them as well. Don’t try to climb or stand on the rear section of a stepladder.
- Only use a ladder for its intended purpose. And follow the ladder’s instruction labels they are there for a reason.
- Have someone aware of the task your trying to accomplish so if something should happen you have someone to help.
- When you’re done with the ladder, put it away immediately. Never leave a raised ladder unattended.
If you are uncomfortable with heights or just in general with climbing a ladder call a professional who can help.
Here at Gutter Cover of Kansas City one of our priority is ladder safety for our installers. We take specific steps to insure our employees safety as well as keeping your home safe too. Check out our installation process to see how. Whether your ordered by your wife to stay off the ladder from now on, or too worried yourself to climb a ladder; Call The Gutter Cover of Kansas City. When it comes to gutter cleaning we make sure you wont have to climb a ladder again!