What happens when your ladder is damaged and irreparable? The short answer is, the ladder needs to be destroyed.
How does one destroy a ladder?
The short answer is that you destroy a ladder by making it unclimbable. You cut apart the ladder so nobody can use it. Beware of simply throwing the ladder in a dumpster since someone may dig it our if the ladder seems still usable. Then, if they get hurt on the ladder (which they very well could, since the ladder is in bad shape!), you, the business owner and owner of the ladder is liable for the injuries.
Make sure you always destroy irreplaceable ladders completely so nobody can climb them.
Ladder Safety Month’s focus this month is ladder inspection. We talk about ladder inspection a lot on this blog, but that’s because inspecting your ladder can help in preventing a ladder accident. If an inspection is done right, you can catch issues with the ladder that would potentially lead to an accident.
Here are a couple of things to remember during an inspection:
-Look over all parts of the ladder, the rungs the rails for feet and look for any damage
-For extension ladders, inspect the rope, pulley and locks
-For stepladders, examine the spreader bars
-Check all metal parts of the ladder for any rust issues
-Make sure the ladder is wiped down and clear of any grease or other residues
These are just a couple of reminders. Make sure to use an inspection checklist to help you do the most thorough inspection. If your ladder fails, take it out of service until the ladder is repaired. If the ladder cannot be repaired, destroy the ladder so nobody can use it unsafely.
If you’re looking for tips on how to do a ladder inspection, visit the ladder safety toolbox, and you can download the Ladder Inspection Checklist.
L0026442 A man carrying a ladder knocks the forward end of it accident
Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images
A man carrying a ladder knocks the forward end of it accidentally into the eye of a man coming round the corner towards him. Colour lithograph.
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I stumbled on this poster and wanted to make sure I shared it. It’s an old poster, but the message is still relevant. When transporting a ladder, always be aware of blind corners and proceed with caution!
Ladder safety at home is the ALI’s theme for this week. Most everyone has at least one use for a ladder. A few years ago, Nationwide Insurance put together a great blog post with ladder safety tips for homeowners. We’ll go through their tips today.
- Read the safety label. The label will give you important safety information, including the weight limit and important safety information. Reading the label can help prevent an accident.
- Chose a tall enough ladder. If the ladder is not tall enough for the job, you are setting yourself up for failure. If you are accessing a roof with too short of a ladder, you could end up in a serious accident as you try to get off the ladder. Make sure your ladder extends three feet past the access point.
- Never lean on the ladder. Always keep your body between the rails of the ladder to prevent your ladder from tipping.
- Use the ladder for its intended use. Ladders are designed for a specific purpose. If you start using them for unintended purposes, like bridge or scaffolding, or using parts of the ladder wrong, like standing on the top cap or leaning a stepladder (not a leaning ladder) against a wall, your ladder could fail, resulting in a ladder accident and possible injury for you.
- Use your ladder on a firm, level surface. If the ground is unlevel, use a ladder with levelers to prevent the ladder from tipping.
- Be alert when moving your ladder. Ladders can be a little bulky to move around, so always plan your route and be aware of your surroundings before you move your ladder so you don’t bump into any wires, cars or other objects.
What do you think of this list? Are there any safety tips you would add for the homeowner?
Podcasts can be a great resource for professionals to quickly get information on topics. If you’ve ever wanted some podcasts on workplace safety, here are a couple of good lists to get you started.
Here’s a list from EHS Insight.
Creative Safety Supply has also good list.
ASSP has created a podcast of their own.
SafetyBlogNews.com has a list of podcasts to improve the workplace.
Do you listen to safety-related podcasts? Which is your favorite? Comment below!