Staying safe while using a ladder
In an ideal world, all jobs would be carried out at eye level. Unfortunately, things are rarely this straightforward and workers are often required to work from a height. This is where ladders come into play. A ladder gives you access to points that are out of reach.
Using a ladder may seem easy, but thousands of people are injured every year due to ladder falls, and there are also hundreds of fatalities. Thus, it’s important to know how to keep yourself safe when using a ladder. Outlined below are some important things to keep in mind.
Make sure the ground is stable
If you can, make sure that the ladder is placed on firm and level ground. If you do not have this luxury, ensure that you have used extensions or build up a solid and level base before climbing the ladder. If your ladder is unbalanced then it is much more likely to fall over. If the ladder becomes unbalanced when you are at the top, then it’s likely that you will suffer severe injuries during a fall.
Use the right ladder for the job
Ladders have their limits and specifications. For instance, a step ladder can only get you up so high. For higher access points, you may need to use a ladder with multiple tiers and if the height is extreme then a scaffolding platform is probably safer.
Ensure the ladder has been maintained
As with all tools and equipment, ladders must be well maintained. If you are in any doubt about the condition of a ladder, don’t take the chance of using it. Any equipment that is in a state of disrepair should be condemned.
Unfortunately, no matter how careful you are, you may still be injured on the job. A serious injury will leave you unable to work despite mounting medical bills. Workers’ compensation may be available to relieve some of the financial pressure. Seek legal guidance to find out if you are eligible.