Safety First With Ladders
February 24, 2017
This work essential has quite the reputation and studies in the United States have shown that work-related ladder falls result in upwards of 700 occupational death annually and as many as 90,000 emergency room treatments for injuries. Surprised by these statistics? Read on to better understand the best practices in ladder usage!
- 50% of all ladder-related accidents were due to individuals carrying items as they climbed
- 32% of ladder-related injuries are bone fractures
United States Bureau of Labor Statistics
Always check your ladder
Although you and your trusty ladder have weathered many a paint project, it is crucial to constantly do due diligence with respect to the condition of your ladder. Close inspections of joints, screws, and a general once-over for any rusty areas is very necessary to ensuring your safety on the job. Know and operate within the safe weight limits of your ladder (considering any extra load to be carried) and select an appropriate height ladder for your project to prevent dangerous over reaching.
A proper anchoring point at the right distance is necessary to properly secure your ladder for use. The anchor point for your ladder should always be a flat surface, and all legs – whether four or two – should be firmly grounded. If this is not possible, always utilize ladder-levelers or even dig a hole until it is level. Additionally, it is recommended that straight or extension ladders be 1ft away from the wall for every 3ft that the ladder is tall.
Be Mindful of Surroundings
Weather and other conditions need to be fully considered before taking to a ladder. Never go within 5ft of power lines with an aluminum ladder. Wet and slippery floors, soggy ground and high winds can prove detrimental. In these cases, consider using ladder shoes with rubber soles and avoid using a ladder in excessively windy conditions.
Exercise Proper Use
Whenever ascending or descending a ladder, be sure to always have one hand on the ladder to steady yourself. Also, be sure to never rely on holding tools in one hand while painting and never let your waist surpass the top of the ladder. Sensible clothing and shoes are also recommended at all times when using ladders to avoid tripping or missteps.
Dynamic Paint Trim Cup, with magnetic brush holder reduces items to be held while climbing.
Dynamic Super Lid, prevents spills and has an easy pour spout.
Wide range of extension poles facilitates easy reach without leaning
Check out our other great articles in this February edition of Paint Pro!