All workers who must use ladders should implement safety precautions while on the job, extra provisions can lower the risk of injuries and fatalities. Some tips for ladder safety in the workplace include:
Using the four to one ratio: This means that for every four feet, the ladder is extended upwards, it should be one foot away from the building.
Having theright ladder for the job: Always familiarize yourself with the ladder you are using to ensure that you are using the best ladder for the job, and so that you can work more efficiently. Employers should have appropriate ladders on hand to handle the jobs expected of their employees. Workers should never stand higher than the third step from the top of the ladder.
Ladder leveling: Always be sure that the ladder is leveled properly, if the ladder is off by one inch at the base, there could be a nine-inch lean at the top of a 19-inch ladder. Additionally, workers should ensure that the ground has solid support without soft spots or other debris in the area. Never reposition a ladder while you are already on the ladder.
Being mindful of electrical conductivity: If you are doing electrical work, you should be using a fiberglass ladder, not an aluminum ladder. Fiberglass is non-conductive; therefore, it is safer when working with electricity. Fiberglass ladders can lose their non-conductive properties if they have been exposed to sun or heat damage, and it becomes more conductive when wet.
Watching the last rung: Often, when descending the ladder, the worker may miss the last rung of the ladder; studies show that this accounts for about 20 percent of all injuries associated with ladders. A ladder with an integrated bottom rung alert can boost safety in the workplace.
Proper contact use: Overreaching can cause some of the most severe falls and ladder-related injuries. This can happen when a worker fails to maintain at least three points of contact on the ladder, such as your hands, feet, or knees on the ladder.
Using the correct equipment: Workers should use a tool belt when ascending a ladder, they should not carry tools loose in their hands. Also, wear slip-resistant shoes.
Inspecting your ladder before use: Before you use the ladder, it should always be inspected for damage, including dents and cracks. If there are any problems with the ladder, it should not be used.
What If I am Injured?
Ladder accidents can be serious. All workers should practice safety while using a ladder. If a worker becomes injured, he or she should file a Workers’ Compensationclaim with the help of an experienced Workers’ Compensation lawyer.
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