Sometimes it seems like using a ladder safely should be common sense. However, professionals who use ladders have to go through an entire OSHA safety training. So it seemed as you prepare your homes, and as a good reminder to myself, that I would share these great tips on how to use a ladder safely.
Though ladders are widely used tools, their misuse can lead to serious injury. Use these tips to stay safe:
· Don’t use a ladder if you feel dizzy, tired or otherwise unwell.
· Don’t use a ladder in windy or slippery conditions, such as when ice or wet leaves are present.
· Select a ladder that is the right size and has the correct weight limit for the job.
· Inspect the ladder to ensure it’s in working condition.
· Have a second person hold the ladder in place, if possible.
· Wear slip-resistant footwear.
· Place the ladder on firm, level ground and away from hazards such as doors and windows.
· Maintain three points of contact on the ladder during ascent, descent and during work.
· Climb slowly and deliberately, and avoid making sudden movements.
· Never attempt to move a ladder while standing on it.
· Keep your center of gravity between the ladder’s side rails at all times, and don’t overreach or lean while working.
If you feel uncomfortable working on a ladder, consider hiring a trained professional.