Ladder-related accidents have been on the rise for the last couple of years. In fact, England has seen such an increase that the safety organizations are urging DIYers to be careful as they work on their projects.
So, what is so risky for DIYers?
DIYers are often in a hurry to get their projects done and don’t always put a focus on safety. In addition, workers have someone on the site enforcing OSHA guidelines, but nobody is at a person’s house reminding them to be safe and slapping on fines when safety rules are not followed.
So, if you like to do projects around your house, here are a few reminders:
- Don’t put your efforts to get the project done ahead of your safety.
- Never lean while on the ladder.
- Use the right ladder for the job
- Always maintain three points of contact when climbing the ladder
- On stepladders, don’t stand on the top rung or top cap. On extension ladders, make sure the ladder extends three feet (or three rungs) past the roofline.
If you have projects around the house you are working to complete, follow these tips so you can get your work done without having to take a stop at the ER.