Ladders are some of the most common and dangerous tools that people use on the job. Part of the problem is that they don’t appear dangerous, at least not in the way at that a blowtorch or a circular saw does. You can imagine the injuries those can cause when used improperly.
However, falls are the leading cause of workplace deaths in many industries, such as construction. It’s clear that ladders are quite dangerous and that all it takes is one slip to put someone in the hospital with a broken bone, a traumatic brain injury, a spinal cord injury or something just as serious.
The good news, of course, is that you can reduce the odds of such injuries. When you use ladders, you should:
- Always check to make sure they are in good condition
- Never climb to the very top
- Set it up on stable ground
- Use the right type of ladder for the job
- Position the ladder so that you don’t have to reach or lean
- Never put the ladder in front of a door
- Have someone hold the bottom for increased stability, if needed
- Never exceed the weight limit
- Always climb the proper side
- Be very careful about carrying tools and materials up the ladder
- Always keep three points of contact
- Never use a metal ladder when working around power lines
These tips can go a long way toward making ladder falls less likely. Unfortunately, they can still happen, and you could be injured. If you are, make sure you are well aware of the legal options you have.