Construction is one of the more dangerous industries to work in. With all the safety concerns, I thought I would do a ladder safety post specifically for those who want more information about ladder safety in construction.
Obviously, all the regular rules we talk about are still key. Inspect the ladder. Maintain three points of contact. Etc. Having said that, there are a few of the “basic rules” that become a little more important.
Use the Right Ladder for the Job
Especially in construction, there are numerous types of ladders available. Make sure you choose one that is designed for the task at hand. Choose a ladder that is the correct height. There are few things worse than climbing on the top rung or top cap because you should have selected a taller ladder. Along those same lines, make sure the ladder you choose is the best option for your project. Don’t choose a stepladder when you should have chosen an extension ladder. The opposite is also true.
Follow Tie-Off Rules
Make sure you are familiar with the guidelines for working at heights. Make sure you are following all the tie off rules. If you have one accessible to you, the Aerial Safety Cage is a great option and in compliance with all tie-off regulations. These rules are in place to help you be safer and more secure and to prevent injuries in the case of a slip or fall.
Use the Ladder on Even, Solid Ground
Another common issue for ladder safety in construction is uneven ground. Make sure you don’t put a ladder on the ground when it’s uneven. To level the ground, you have a few choices. You can dig out the uneven side to make it level. You can attach levelers to the ladder. Or, you can use a ladder that has integrated levelers like the Ratchet Levelers.
Working at height when on a construction site can be dangerous, but hopefully these tips will help you and your team work a little safer.