A Pennsylvania newspaper recently had an article about ladder safety, and I thought I’d share it with you. This particular newspaper has a safety column where readers can ask questions and an occupational doctor answers.
A reader wrote in saying he or she had been injured using a ladder in the past and was wondering if there were tips to help him/her be safe and not nervous.l
I loved the doctor’s response.
He said the best way to be confident when using a ladder is to know how to use it safely. He talks about using the ladder as a tool rather than an accessory. He then provides safety tips. Here are a couple of his tips:
- Inspect the ladder before climbing.
- Choose the right ladder for the job.
- Check the duty rating and other warning information.
- Set your ladder on firm, level ground.
- Unless your ladder is designed for two people, only have one person on the ladder at a time.
- Never use your ladder if it is windy, rainy, or otherwise bad working conditions.
- Check the ladder feet.
- Where proper shoes to avoid any slipping hazards.
- Maintain three points of contact and use a tool belt if necessary.
These are some great tips if you’re looking for a quick list of safety tips.
I just wanted to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you get to spend it surrounded by loved ones. Remember to think of something you are grateful for!
Do you ever wonder why I do what I do? I just wanted to share with all of you why I do my job – why I travel all over, and why I even write on this blog.
Everything I do, I do with the goal of helping others return home safely to their families. I want to help my blog readers learn safety tips so they can be safe while using their ladders.
I travel around the country doing trainings to help companies help their workers be safe. I teach the workers how to use their ladders safely to help prevent accidents so they can return home safely to their families.
I travel around to shows and other speaking engagements to help share the importance of ladder safety.
I do what I do to help save lives. I want to share the importance of laddre safety to help you get home tonight and every night.
In North Carolina last month, a 68 year old man was on a ladder when he lost his balance and fell. He had been working on a tree and suffered spine and rib fractures.
This man suffered serious injuries, but, the worst part is that this accident probably could have been prevented. Here are a coupe of tips for preventing a ladder accident while you are working on trees.
- Never lean the ladder against the tree you are working on.
- Never lean or overreach while on a ladder, especially while you are trimming a tree.
- Maintain three points of contact.
- Be aware of the tools you need, and find a way tobring them safely up and down the ladder.
We wish the victim a speedy recovery. Our hearts go out to him and his family.
A subcontractor in Florida fell 20 feet while helping build a water treatment plant and was seriously injured. OSHA is reviewing the accident to see what sort of violations occurred. For now, here’s what we know.
The worker fell 20 feet and was transported via helicopter to the hospital. His injuries were serious but non-threatening. Subcontractor officials are calling it an accident and not a result of bad equipment.
Officials with Williams Brothers Construction are calling the incident “purely accidental,” and not the result of faulty or failing equipment.
If his equipment was fine, then most likely the accident was caused by the man using the ladder incorrectly. To prevent this kind of accident, here are a couple of tips.
- Set up your ladder on firm, level ground
- Never lean while on the ladder
- Make sure your ladder is in good repair
- Maintain three points of contact