Ladder Safety And You
March is National Ladder Safety Month. Keep yourself and those around you safe with these help tips from the experts at Solid Rock Roofing.
Ladders are tools and the rules that apply to most other basic tools also apply to the safe use of a ladder:
- If you’re tired, dizzy, or having troubles with maintaining your balance, stay off the ladder!
- Don’t use ladders in high winds or when a storm is brewing
- Wear clean, slip-resistant shoes
- Before getting on a ladder, do a quick inspection to make sure it’s in good working condition. Ladders with loose or missing parts and ladders that sway or lean too much to one side should be set aside for repair or thrown away.
- Select the right sized ladder for the job. Take into account the weight of the climber, tools, supplies, and any other objects that may be placed upon the ladder. The length of the ladder should be enough that the climber doesn’t have to stand on the top rung or step.
- When setting up your ladder, ensure it’s placed on firm, level ground.
- Only one person should be on the ladder at a time, unless the ladder is specifically designed to support more than one climber (such as a Trestle Ladder).
- Don’t place the ladder in front of closed doors that can be opened towards the ladder. Make sure the door is blocked open, locked, or guarded.
- Read all safety information labels on your ladder and know how to properly set up your ladder before getting on it.
Falls from ladders usually result from haste, sudden movement, lack of attention, a worn or damaged ladder, the user’s age or physical condition (or both), and the user’s footwear.
- Reduce your chances of falling by:
- Wearing slip-resistant shoes with clean, heavy soles
- Climb slowly and deliberately – avoid sudden movements
- Don’t attempt to move the ladder while standing on it
- Keep the center of your stomach between the ladder side rails when climbing and working to help maintain stability. Don’t overreach or lean while working on the ladder.
Maintain The Three Point-Of-Contact Climb
When ascending, descending, and working, face the ladder and have two hands and one foot or two feet and one hand in contact with the ladder steps, rungs, and/or side rails. Using this method, you’re less likely to become unstable.