Depending on your profession, you could be the type of person who uses a ladder day in and day out. For example, painters are always working on ladders. Just the same, roofers and construction workers use, sometimes extremely long (!), ladders to reach the tops of buildings.
There is no doubt that using a ladder can make life much easier on the job site. Unfortunately, it also could increase the risk of being part of an accident.
Your employer should have a system in place for keeping all employees safe when using ladders. Just the same, you may want to follow your own personal tips for avoiding an accident.
Here are some ladder safety tips to keep in mind:
- Always keep three points of contact with the ladder
- Inspect a ladder before using it, such as to search for defects and anything that could cause an accident
- Don't use a ladder that has been damaged in any way
- Make sure you choose the right size and type of ladder for the job
- When setting the ladder, make sure it's on firm and level ground
- When you reach the top of the ladder, take your time getting off
- Never carry too much weight on a ladder, as it could cause you to lose your balance
- Avoid standing on the top rung of a ladder
- Don't stretch or lean when using a ladder, as a sudden movement can cause it to tip
- Never set a ladder in a high traffic area, such as outside of a door or close to vehicle traffic
At first, you may find it difficult to keep all of these ladder safety tips in mind. However, as you become familiar with them, they may become second nature.
If you are ever part of a ladder accident, you typically should stay where you are until you receive appropriate medical attention. Also, report the incident to your employer as soon as possible.
A workplace injury, such as a ladder accident injury, could lead you to seeking to obtain workers' compensation benefits. Such financial benefits could give you some peace of mind as you recover. Workers may want to reach out for legal guidance when pursuing claims for such benefits.