Accidents occur for a variety of reasons, but one basic fact is that they should be avoided. Almost all injuries have three main causes: not using the correct tool for the job, using a defective tool that hasn’t been tested, and failing to obey the tool’s specific safety guidelines. People reveal themselves when they get imaginative and cut corners to save a little time or effort.
Falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries, and ladders are involved in a large percentage of them. Drop and ladder-related accidents, like other forms of accidents, can be prevented by following three simple guidelines. Let’s apply these guidelines to safe ladder use because this is an article regarding ladder protection.
1. Choose the appropriate ladder for the task.
The first rule of choosing the best ladder is to use one. People always grab the first thing that comes to hand and end up standing on buckets or chairs rather than taking a few minutes to find the appropriate ladder.Make sure the ladder you choose is tall enough for the task. Ladders are marketed and sold by total height, or total section length, rather than accessible height, according to ANSI requirements.
Second, you should never stand on a stepladder’s top cap or use the top move (or A-frame). If you’re using a 6-foot ladder, you should be 4 feet off the ground in practise. To keep your three points of touch, you’ll need to hold onto or lean against the top two feet of the ladder.Extension ladders are offered by the total length of the sections, with only a small print mentioning the 3 feet of overlap. A 20-foot extension ladder is made up of two 10-foot parts, but it is only 17 feet tall due to the overlap needed. If you’re using it to climb on a roof, make sure there’s at least 3 feet of ladder above the roofline so you have something to catch when you transition on and off.