Like any other tool on the job site, you need to know how to use a ladder safely. Many workers do not take the risks seriously. They just assume that a ladder is easy and safe to use, even with little to no experience. That’s not true.
Follow these safety tips to make sure you do not get hurt on the job:
- Consider the elements. If it is raining, snowing or very windy, it may not be wise to climb the ladder.
- Check your angle. You do not want the ladder at too steep or too shallow of an angle. Either way, it can fall.
- Check the ground. Your ladder is only as sturdy as the surface you set it on.
- Think about your physical health. If you previously injured your leg or you feel lightheaded, for instance, do not climb the ladder.
- Look for doors. Never put a ladder in front of a door without locking it or otherwise blocking the door so it can’t swing into the ladder.
- Read the instructions. The ladder should have stickers on the side offering instructions and specific safety information.
- Clean both the ladder and your shoes. Make sure that there is nothing that could reduce your traction and cause you to slip.
- Consider the weight of every tool you plan to carry up. The ladder is rated for total weight, not just your weight. Tools and materials must be accounted for.
These tips can help, but ladder accidents are still a serious threat. Those who suffer injuries need to know all of their legal options to cover lost wages, medical bills and the like.