Ladder Safety

Girl Climbing Ladder Legs Ladder Ladder LaMost homeowners and do-it-yourselfers have and use a ladder with a frequency and all year round. House repairs, lawn maintenance, cleaning the gutter, a fresh coat of paint or alter that bulb, somebody is going to reach for the ladder. Ladders are really useful but can be very dangerous. Most ladders are covered with all these warnings and disclaimers which you can barely see the ladder itself.
Since a parachute or sky hook look out of the question, some simple safety precautions could make a large difference in surviving your chores. Inspect your ladder for loose screws, cracked steps, opossum control or old springs that are malfunctioning. Inspection and cleaning off mud or chemicals after every use should be a normal routine. Keeping the ladder in a secure place out of this weather can help prolong the life and performance of the ladder as well.
Many injuries occur due to improper set up and use of the ladder. Always place the ladder as close as possible to the work and on even firm ground or flooring. Be cautious to avoid soft or uneven ground and floors. As soon as you’re up the ladder the added weight can result in severe tilt and instability. Examine the footing and be sure the hinges are fully extended and locked before you begin the ladder. Stepping up one or two steps and checking for stability before proceeding could save you from skydiving! Do not use a ladder as a chair or extend beyond the normal warning areas. There are different ladders for specialized jobs. When you are on the ladder or moving the ladder itself, go slowly and cautiously. Prime time for accidents are moving material or tools when atop the ladder or transferring the ladder itself. Be aware of your surroundings and co-workers before making the move.
Never over achieve when on the ladder however inconvenient it may seem to get down and reposition the ladder closer to the job. Getting help to steady the ladder while climbing or working may be necessary. Don’t be shy or dashed about asking for help. A few thoughtful measures when using the ladder will keep your toes securely and firmly planted on the floor.