With winter just around the corner, autumn is the time of year for the ladders to come out and the projects to get done. With the increase in ladder use, there is also an increase in ladder accidents. As we move into this ladder season, here are a few things we should remember before we climb:
Inspect Your Ladder
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, this one might sound familiar, but it does remain true. Every single time you use a ladder, make sure you inspect it be sure it is safe to use. Check all of the welding and riveting. Also, check the ladder’s feet to make sure they can still grip. Make sure the rails and rungs are secure and have not been bent or otherwise damaged.
Use at the Correct Angle
Before climbing, make sure you have set up your ladder at the correct angle. If you have a hard time visualizing, you can download the NIOSH app. You just put our phone on the ladder and the app tells you whether or not your ladder is at the correct angle.
Make Sure the Ground is Even
One of the challenges of doing work outside is the ground is rarely even. If you find yourself working on unleveled ground, you can dig out one side of the ground so it is level with the ground. A better option is to get some sort of leg leveler to make each side level with the other.
Another challenge of working on a ladder in autumn is the issue of bad weather. Make sure you postpone your projects if it is rainy or wet outside. Wet weather makes the ladder slippery and an accident more likely.
Hopefully you will find these tips helpful for keeping you safe as you work outside this fall.