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VPPPA Conference

This year’s VPPPA Conference is in full swing. It is just about to the halfway point. We started here on Monday and will continue through tomorrow.

Our VPPPA Conference Booth

We have our booth all set up, and we are ready to talk with you and others here at the conference. Here’s a picture of our booth. As you can see, we have a bunch of the great Little Giant products on display, including the Aerial Safety Cage, the Fiberglass Select Step, the Conquest and the Lunar, just to name a few. These are great safety products that can help any safety professional with his job.

Come Visit Us!

Make sure you stop by our booth. I am here, and I have a few helpers as well. They can answer any questions you may have about ladder safety or about the products we have on display. Stop on by! We are here to meet with you and the others here at the VPPPA Conference!

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VPPPA Conference

We have been impressed so far with all of the traffic and people at the conference. For those of you who aren’t here, check out this picture:

vpppa conferencce

It was taken yesterday morning. Things have been pretty busy! Then entire conference has been full of great information for anyone interested in safety. We will keep you posted with updates here on the blog, as well as on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

What is your favorite part of the conference so far?

Overcome Fear of Ladders

People have a fear of climbing ladders. According to an omnibus Internet study of 1000 adults, climbing 25 feet high on an extension ladder causes more anxiety than cutting with a sharp knife, using a chainsaw, working with electricity, public speaking, asking for a raise, talking to children about human sexuality, or getting pulled over by the police.

So, why does climbing a ladder cause so much anxiety? The truth is that every single time someone climbs a ladder, there is a risk involved. What can be done to help eliminate the risk and help people overcome fear of ladders?

Overcomeovercome fear Fear with Training

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. Training is crucial in helping people not only feel comfortable when climbing ladders, but also knowing how to climb them safety. The basics remain the same – maintain three points of contact, stay off the top cap on stepladders, follow the three foot rule with extension ladders, and always make sure your ladder is leaning at the proper angle. By being properly trained on correct ladder use, your employees can be fully prepared for what to keep in mind when climbing ladders. They will also most likely feel more comfortable on the ladders, overcoming their fear.

Enforcement

While you are training employees on ladder use, make sure you let them know they will be held accountable if they do not follow the safety guidelines. Then, keep your word. Make sure you talk to an employee when he or she violated safety guidelines and then take the appropriate disciplinary action.

Practice Makes Perfect

Like most things, the more people climb ladders, the more they will be comfortable on the ladder. This comfort can be good, but it can also be risky because there is a chance they will get sloppier as they get more comfortable. Make sure you continue training as they become more used to using the ladder to make sure they don’t develop bad habits.

Remember, almost all ladder accidents can be prevented. By proper training, enforcement and practice, you can help others be safe on ladders and overcome fear of ladders.

What to Do to Overcome a Fear of Ladders

overcome ladder fearPeople have a fear of climbing ladders. According to an omnibus Internet study of 1000 adults, climbing 25 feet high on an extension ladder causes more anxiety than cutting with a sharp knife, using a chainsaw, working with electricity, public speaking, asking for a raise, talking to children about human sexuality, or getting pulled over by the police.

So, why does climbing a ladder cause so much anxiety? The truth is that every single time someone climbs a ladder, there is a risk involved. What can be done to help eliminate the risk and cut down and the fear of climbing ladders?

Overcome the Fear

I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again. Training is crucial in helping people not only feel comfortable when climbing ladders, but also knowing how to climb them safety. The basics remain the same – maintain three points of contact, stay off the top cap on stepladders, follow the three foot rule with extension ladders, and always make sure your ladder is leaning at the proper angle. By being properly trained on correct ladder use, your employees can be fully prepared for what to keep in mind when climbing ladders. They will also most likely feel more comfortable on the ladders, overcoming their fear.

Enforcement

While you are training employees on ladder use, make sure you let them know they will be held accountable if they do not follow the safety guidelines. Then, keep your word. Make sure you talk to an employee when he or she violated safety guidelines and then take the appropriate disciplinary action.

Practice Makes Perfect

Like most things, the more people climb ladders, the more they will be comfortable on the ladder. This comfort can be good, but it can also be risky because there is a chance they will get sloppier as they get more comfortable. Make sure you continue training as they become more used to using the ladder to make sure they don’t develop bad habits.

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