With the cold weather comes ice and with ice comes extra safety concerns, especially with your ladder. When there is snow and ice, your ladder can easily slip. Always choose dry, solid ground when setting up your ladder.
If there is ice and snow, choose another place or wait until the snow and ice melt before climbing. If you really need to use your ladder, depending on how cold it is, you could melt the snow and ice yourself using salt. You need to be careful with this technique though, since it could backfire.
While we are talking about snow and ice, be aware of your shoes. If you have been walking through mud and snow and then climb the ladder, you will easily get slippery mud and melted snow (also known as water), making your ladder too slick to climb. Instead, wipe off your shoes before you climb your ladder.
Take extra precautions when using your ladder in the winter months to make sure you are safe and able to return home safely to your family.
Step Ladders are a common tool you will find in many industrial occupations, including construction carpenters, electricians, landscapers, brick and cement masons, drywall installers, and much more. Step Ladders are also often used within the home.
When using a step ladder be sure to remember these important safety tips. Start with level ground or use a leveling tool to adjust the ladder. Ladders are susceptible to tipping when not supported evenly at the base. Make sure your ladder is opened and locked in the right position. Never leave a ladder in a partially opened position. Once your ladder is set up correctly, be cautious when ascending and descending. Do not attempt to reposition your ladder while climbing or resting on the steps. Stay towards the middle of the steps and do not overreach, as doing so can create instability. While it may seem easier to carry objects yourself while ascending, always face your ladder when in use and keep a firm hold with your hands. Lastly, never stand on the top step of your ladder, it is unstable and not suitable for climbing.
Your ladder should be equipped with built-in safety tools. You should see anti-slip safety feet on the bottom to prevent sliding. Your spreaders should stay strong and locked when in use. Your steps should stay secure and hold in place to support your weight. If one of these aspects is not working as intended, do not climb your ladder. Always do an inspection before you climb to make sure your ladder is in good enough shape to use.
Keeping these tips in mind, no matter the job, will keep you safe while operating your ladder. For more information and articles on stepladder safety visit AmericanLadderInstitute.org.
With all the projects you need to accomplish, ladder safety may be the least of your concerns. We know it may not be at the top of your priorities, but with 724,000 ladder-related injuries every year, it really is better to be safe than sorry. Luckily, even if safety isn’t your first concern, it is always ours. Safety is our priority which is why we have compiled the most important steps for you.
- Never set up your ladder on uneven ground. Being even a few inches off at the bottom can put you several feet off at the top. Either find even ground or use a leveler tool such as the Little Giant Leveler.
- Always maintain three points of contact while climbing to help you create stability.
- Always wear proper equipment for your workplace. Eighty-four percent of people who suffered injuries from impact to the head were not wearing a hard hat.
- When using an extension ladder, be far enough away from the wall to be stable. The key is to move your ladder one foot at the base for every four feet you climb up.
Using these safety tips while getting your stuff done is the best way to stay safe and accomplish your big goals.
Pest Control Technology, a publication designed for pest control companies, put together a ladder safety survey asking companies about the number of ladder-related accidents they’ve had in recent years. Here’s a screenshot of the survey results.
Based on these results, it looks like some progress has been made in the ladder safety world, but there is still work to be done.