Ladder Safety – Top Tips
Ladder and stairways are one of the major sources of fatal accidents and severe injuries amongst construction workers. According to a report by OSHA, nearly 25,000 employees face injuries and almost 36 of them die due to the inappropriate use of ladders every year.
Realizing the importance of ladder safety, we have gathered for you the top tips that should be implemented in every organization:
Choosing the suitable type of ladder:
1- Industrial: The industrial ladder is made out of heavy-duty material that makes it sturdy and suitable for a load capacity of not more than 250 lbs.
2- Commercial: A commercial ladder is usually ideal for all purposes with medium duty properties and a load capacity of almost 225 lbs.
3- Household: A lightweight ladder with light- duty properties, it has a load capacity of 200 lbs. and proves to be the best option for homeowners.
The safe use of the ladder
– Securing the ladder: To prevent and secure the ladder from slipping, an extension ladder should be carefully tied at the bottom, middle and the top. The supporting structure should alongside be capable enough to bare the weight of the ladder.
When the ladder is in use, another person should be holding it from beneath. The bottom of the overlap section should be tied so that slippage is avoided to the maximum. If you are climbing onto the structure, the top should be extended at least three feet beyond the line of the roof.
– If you are using the ladder to climb to another surface, ensure that the ladder is extended at least three feet past platform that has to be climbed.
– Employees and users should be facing the ladder when in use.
– The rungs on the ladder are made for supporting purposes. Do not miss the rungs when climbing a ladder.
Maintaining the Ladder
Maintaining the ladder so that it does not get rusty or looses its strength is essential for safe usage of ladders. They should be regularly inspected for any cracks, burrs, rough spots, or frozen joints. Ladders can also damage so be careful of any broken or loose hardware before climbing one!