Ladders are, of course, a prerequisite for much work carried out around the house and ladders are used on a daily basis by numerous professions. As such, it is imperative that ladders are used safely to maximise effectiveness.
There are certain forms of best practice that it is prudent to adhere to when it comes to the safe utilisation of ladders, whether this be for a personal DIY project around the home or in the workplace. Ladders are obviously are an oft required tool in construction projects, DIY work and various other facets of day-to-day life, so, it is certainly apparent that ladders need to be used safely in order to avoid unnecessary injuries or risk. There are a number of guidelines that are commonly used in the safe use of ladders in the home or workplace and by following these procedures, it is possible to substantially reduce the likelihood of accidents on ladders occurring which, of course, is particularly important in terms of the use of ladders in the workplace. By ensuring that ladders are used properly by your employees, you can safeguard your business against potential problems and one of the most crucial aspects to remember is ensuring that employees read the safety instructions that can usually be found on the side of the ladders themselves.
Ladders – Safety First
A very large proportion of workplace injuries within the construction industry are in related to the use of ladders and predominantly entail failing falling from the top of ladders. It is, however, possible to negate these risks by following a few simple safety principles when using ladders. Just some of the most important facets to remember when using ladders at home or in the workplace include:
- Distribution of Weight – When using ladders, it is important that you distribute your weight properly to avoid unnecessary stress on the rungs and it is imperative to realise that different ladders have different weight capacities. As such, it is crucial not to place more weight upon ladders than they have been designed to withstand.
- Preparation – It is always a good idea to carry out some form of pre-climb inspection before utilising ladders to ensure that it is securely positioned and in good working order by ensuring that no pieces are missing.
- Choice – You will need to ensure that the ladders that you use are right for the particularly job at hand. It is dangerous to use ladders that are not the right size for example as this will often leave you over-extending yourself or balancing precariously atop ladders. Always use ladders or stepladders that are right for the job. A risk assessment will help with this.
- Safety accessories – ladders should always be used in conjunction with Ladder Stabilising Devices to secure and level the ladder. There are a wide variety of ladder stabilising devices available for domestic and commercial ladders users alike.
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