This week’s focus for Ladder Safety Month is ladder safety at work. For those of you who use ladders as part of your job, here are some tips to help you be safe.
Make sure you are in good health and don’t feel dizzy or tired. Plan your ladder use around the weather. If there are storms or high winds, choose another day to use your ladder. Choose the right footwear. Wear slip-resistant shoes with rubber soles.
Inspect the Ladder
Before climbing the ladder, make sure to inspect it and make sure it is in good working condition. Check the rungs and rails to make sure they are not damaged. Check the ladder feet to make sure they aren’t overly worn. If your ladder is damaged or missing any pieces, take the ladder out of service and either repair it or destroy it.
- Choose the Right Ladder
- Make sure you choose the right size ladder for the job. Choose a ladder with the correct weight rating for the weight of the worker as well as the weight of his tools. Choose a ladder that is tall enough for the job at hand. The ladder should be tall enough that the worker does not have to stand on the top rung or top cap.
- Set the Ladder Up Correctly
- Place the ladder on firm, level ground. Make sure it is not on anything slippery or sticky. Unless your ladder is designed for more than one person, make sure only one climber is on the ladder at a time. If you must work in front of a door, make sure the door is closed and cannot open toward the ladder. Also, make sure the door is locked or blocked.