Keeping safe is a priority whenever you go out to work on a ladder. Most of us wait for the spring or summer to do maintenance work on our homes, but sometimes you have to get up a ladder to fix a drain pipe or secure a roof tile. Or perhaps, it is your job or trade to be up and down ladders all year round. What do you do then if we’re in bitterly cold weather and there is a risk of ice or there is actually snow on the ground? We know that our ladder is going to slip, which is potentially a disaster if we’re up at roof level.
Enter the LadderM8rix Pro range of ladder safety footing devices.
The LadderM8rix is a specially designed ladder mat that has over 2,000 pins built into the heavy duty rubber board that sinks into the ground to provide a firm grip, no matter what the surface. This includes snow and ice. Using one of these means that you don’t need someone standing on the bottom rung, footing the ladder. In fact, that doesn’t guarantee that the ladder will stay upright, working on ice takes more than someone footing your ladder. The LadderM8rix works on a range of surfaces including concrete, grass, pebbles, marble, tiles, moss, decking, paving slabs, tarmac.
According to a report from the Consumer Public Safety Commission (CPSC), “more than 90,000 people need emergency treatment from ladder-related injuries every year”. The majority of these injuries were caused by failure to take the relevant safety precautions when using a ladder during the winter months. So, how do you avoid a ladder accident? Here are a few safety tips^ for those who plan to use ladders in the winter weather, when the risk is much greater!
• Firstly, if you don’t feel comfortable doing outdoor ladder work in winter weather, then don’t…
• Inspect the ladder, check it out for any damage or lose runs
• Ensure your ladder is the correct length to safely reach the height you need to complete your work
• Make sure the ladder angle is at 75°
• Always grip the ladder and face the ladder rungs while climbing or descending. And always maintain three points of contact when climbing (this means a hand and two feet)
• For a leaning ladder, you should secure it (e.g. by tying the ladder to prevent it from slipping either outwards or sideways) and have a strong upper resting point
• You should also use an effective stability device
Overall, the LadderM8rix is a perfect addition to you alongside your Extension Ladder and use it whenever you work up a ladder.
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