If using a ladder is a big part of your job, you must understand how to do so safely. Neglecting to take the necessary safety precautions increases the likelihood of an accident.
Here are five ladder safety tips that will give you peace of mind:
- Choose the right ladder for the job: From the size to the strength to the material, you must choose the right ladder for the job you're tackling.
- Don't use a damaged ladder: Ladders don't last forever, so make sure you inspect it thoroughly before taking your first step.
- Set the ladder on firm and level ground: Seek out firm and level ground to ensure that the ladder is stable. Also, don't prop up items under the legs of the ladder to level the ground.
- Don't carry a heavy load up or down a ladder: This increases the risk of losing your balance and falling to the ground below.
- Don't set the ladder next to traffic: For example, setting a ladder next to a door could lead to an unsuspecting worker or pedestrian bumping into it. The same holds true if you set the ladder close to vehicular traffic.
Even if you follow these ladder safety tips, an accident could still happen. If this results in injury, call 911 and report the incident to your employer. Also, administer first aid until paramedics arrive.
After receiving treatment at a local hospital, share any pertinent information with your employer. Also, don't hesitate to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits if you're unable to immediately return to work.