A Scottish man was killed in a ladder-related accident in early June. The 20-year old victim was a telecoms contractor for the train company. He was working on his ladder when he fell. He landed on something and passed away at the scene. This story is so tragic, but, the worst part, is that it didn’t have to happen.
Always be aware of potential hazards when climbing your ladder. Make sure to climb your ladder safely. Never lean and maintain three points of contact. Make sure your ladder is in good shape before you climb.
Our hearts go out to this young man’s family and friends, and we hope they are able to find peace and comfort during this time.
One tip for preventing an accident with your ladder is doing a thorough inspection before you climb. We made a couple of updates to the inspection checklist from the Ladder Safety Toolbox. Here are the links to the updated files:
Ladder Inspection Checklist
General Ladder Safety Checklist
Always do a thorough ladder inspection for your ladder before you climb. If the ladder does not pass the inspection, take the ladder out of service until it is repaired. If the ladder cannot be repaired, destroy the ladder so nobody can use it.
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.