Accidents in and around the home happen all the time, which is why today we are talking about ladder safety.
Among those injuries, Slips and Falls are the most frequent cause of injuries in the home.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year more than 10 million people suffer injuries on residential properties serious enough to require visits to the emergency room. Residential injuries account for more than 6 million homeowner claims each year. These injuries include falling from ladders and while on staircases, slipping on spilled drinks or oil left on garage floors and more.
Occasionally in our blog we talk about tasks which sometimes require the use of ladders, for example, cleaning of gutters. So it is very important that we talk ladder safety!
Always choose the right ladder for the task, follow manufactures recommendations and adhere to the ANSI Duty Rating labeled on the ladder which indicates the maximum safe load capacity of the ladder (person, tools, and supplies). Generally, you shouldn’t be reaching higher than 3-4 feet above the ladder top. You shouldn’t be higher than four rungs down from the top when using extension ladders. Prior to using any ladder always inspect the ladder for any damage including but not limited to free from cracks and splits, corrosion, protruding fasteners and bent components of the ladder like legs and rungs, Make sure the ladder rungs and your shoes are free from oil/grease, water or anything slick and the steps rungs are firmly attached to the side rails of the ladder. All other components including the safety feet or in good working condition a placed on level ground. If you find anything that is not correct don’t use the ladder it is unsafe.
To read the rest of the article which I originally wrote for Brewer Inspection Services please click here.