It’s no surprise that falls are one of the leading causes of serious injuries and fatalities on the job. Falls are traumatic, unexpected and serious even from short distances. And one of the main reasons for falls of all distances is improper ladder use.
To help you stay safe on the job, here are a few key ladder safety tips from the National Safety Council:
- Choose a ladder that is tall enough so that you do not have to stand on the top two rungs and so that you do not have to stretch and reach while on the ladder.
- Read all safety precautions carefully, such as the weight limit for the ladder.
- When on the ladder, never reach or lean to the side, but keep your body in line with the ladder. If you need to reach something that is too far away, get down and reposition the ladder.
- Climb slowly and carefully, with three points of contact (i.e., two feet and one hand) on the ladder at all times.
- Look for hazards nearby, such as powerlines.
- Consider the foundation carefully when deciding where to set it up. The ladder is only as stable as the foundation you set it on.
- Do not carry tools or materials up the ladder in your hands. Only carry that which can be clipped to a belt.
- Be extra careful when downclimbing, which is when many accidents happen.
- Choose the right type of ladder for the job at hand.
These tips can help you stay safe, but falls do happen and workers do get injured every year. If this happens to you, make sure you know what legal rights you have to obtain compensation for your losses. If you’re having trouble with your workers’ compensation claim, find out more today about your options.