Here’s a great resource for learning how to use an extension ladder safely. I also have some safety tips to help you get your job done safely.
Choose a ladder that is tall enough for the job at hand. Choose the right size, weight rating and material. Make sure you check the weather and make sure conditions will be good on the day you are working. Also, make sure the ground is stable and level so you can set your ladder up safely.
Make sure to conduct a thorough inspection on your ladder. Check the fly sections and ropes to make sure they work the way they should. Inspect the rivets to make sure they are secure. Look over the rails and rungs to make sure they are not cracked or broken. If using a fiberglass ladder, check the fiberglass material. If it is faded and flowering, take the ladder out of service since the fiberglass is worn out.
Correct Set Up
When setting up your extension ladder, set it up at the correct angle. The exact “correct angle” is 75.5 degrees, but an easy way to remember it is to follow a four to one ratio. This ratio translates to every four feet of height, you put the ladder one foot from the wall. So, a 16-foot extension ladder should be four feet from the wall.
Maintain three points of contact. Use a tool belt. Don’t lean while on a ladder.
Some of the most catastrophic falls happen to people while they’re using an extension ladder. Take these tips to prevent an accident.
This article covered an accident about a Dallas-area construction worker who fell 25 feet form his ladder. Officials believe high winds were a factor in the accident. EMTs attempted all lifesaving measures but were ultimately unable to bring him back. The man had been a roofing contractor and had discussed not getting on the roof due to high winds.
I do not like finding articles like this one. There is no positive ending. His family is left without him.
Please never use your ladder when it is windy. No job or deadline is worth you risking your life. Be aware of the weather conditions before you climb your ladder. If anything seems off or makes you second guess climbing your ladder, don’t climb the ladder until the conditions change.
This story breaks my heart, and I don’t want anyone else or anyone else’s family to be in the same tragic situation.
I hope you had a great holiday yesterday. I just wanted to post something quickly about the Little Giant HyperLite SumoStance. It has been on the market for about a year, but it has become one of Little Giant’s more popular product lines due to how lightweight it is.
The HyperLite SumoStance comes in a lightweight Hi-Viz green rail. Strains and sprains from lifting and carrying heavy ladders are actually the number one cause of ladder-related injuries. The HyperLite/HyperLite SumoStance line of ladders are the lightest weight ladders in the world and are already preventing these common injuries.
Some of the most severe ladder-related incidents are caused by people who walk or drive into an extension ladder in use, and the visibility of the Hi-Viz green can help prevent these accidents. Hi-Viz green has been scientifically proven to be the most visible color in the world.
The outriggers on the HyperLite SumoStance increases side-tip stability, helping to prevent catastrophic side-tip accidents.
The HyperLite SumoStance has two bubble indicators. One to show you your extension ladder is set at the correct angle and one to show you that your ladder is level.
The feet on the HyperLite SumoStance can be used in either the flat or spike position, helping you work safely on different types of surfaces.
The HyperLite SumoStance also features three red Do Not Climb rungs at the top of the ladder. The red rungs act as a reminder that your ladder to extend three feet past the roof line.
The HyperLite SumoStance is a great option for anyone who uses an extension ladder. Its built-in safety features will help you work safely.
An Irish farmer fell from a roof and passed away from his injuries. The Irish Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has been notified.
Here are a couple of safety precautions from the HSA to prevent accidents like this:
- Use safe systems of work when working at heights.
- Proper roofing ladder / crawling boards should always be used.
- Ladders if used should be in good condition, placed at the right angle and securely tied.
- Be aware of fragile roof lights/panels.
- On a fragile roof, use proper roofing ladders or crawling boards.
- Erect a suitable barrier to prevent falls while carrying out extensive work on roofs.
- Consider using competent construction contractors for all work at height.
Also, be careful on the ladder to roof transition point. This transition point can be tricky which is why we recommend the LedgeLock, Claw and WalkThrough.
The top list of OSHA violations was released for 2017, and it has a few ladder-related violations on it. Here’s the list:
- Fall Protection – General Requirements (1926.501): 6,072 violations
- Hazard Communication (1910.1200): 4,176
- Scaffolding (1926.451): 3,288
- Respiratory Protection (1910.134): 3,097
- Lockout/Tagout (1910.147): 2,877
- Ladders (1926.1053): 2,241
- Powered Industrial Trucks (1910.178): 2,162
- Machine Guarding (1910.212): 1,933
- Fall Protection – Training Requirements: 1,523
- Electrical – Wiring Methods (1910.305): 1,405
“The OSHA Top 10 is more than just a list, it is a blueprint for keeping workers safe,” NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman said in a Sept. 26 press release. “When we all work together to address hazards, we can do the best job possible to ensure employees go home safely each day.”
What is fall protection?
Fall protection is a system used to keep workers safe when working at height. Different industries have different fall protection guidelines. In fact, some industries require tying off when workers are just two feet off the ground. Fall protection is important and does help safe lives, when used correctly.
A Safe Option
Tying off and using fall protection is great, but it has it’s limitations which is one of the reasons there are so many fall protection violations. Another option to fall protection is using a Safety Cage. There are a few different models, depending on your needs. The Adjustable Safety Cage (the one pictured) has telescoping sides, allowing you to use it on stairs or other unlevel surfaces. The Compact Cage is also adjustable, but has a smaller footprint. The Safety Cage is a Fixed Cage for working at height on level surfaces. Each model of the Cage allows you to work safely in an enclosed platform, following all fall protection requirements without needing to tying off.
Fall protection is important, but is the number one OSHA violation, meaning a lot of people are at danger when working at height. The Cage line is a great option to help you and others work safely at height.